Notts County have agreed a deal to re-sign midfielder Liam Noble from Forest Green Rovers in January.
Noble, 26, had two seasons at Meadow Lane between 2014 and 2016 before joining Forest Green, but he had his contract with Rovers cancelled by mutual consent earlier this week as he wanted to be closer to his family.
He will sign an 18-month deal when he rejoins the Magpies.
A statement on the League Two club's official website read: "As his contract with his former club was terminated outside the transfer window, Noble will not be able to sign for the Magpies until it reopens in the new year.
"He will be eligible to play for Notts from the home fixture against Crawley Town on January 6 and, in the meantime, will train full-time with the club and feature in reserve matches."
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