Birmingham City have welcomed back their former player Craig Gardner, and the fans could not be more delighted.
The midfielder has returned to St Andrew’s from West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season, but the move can be made permanent in the summer.
The Blues’ official website confirmed that Gardner will be offered a three-year deal at the end of the campaign, with an option of a further year.
According to the Birmingham Mail, it will cost the Championship club £1m to sign Gardner from West Brom, where he has spent the last two-and-a-half years.
The 30-year-old has not played since December 14 this and he only made nine appearances for Tony Pulis this season.
Gardner is somewhat of a fan favourite having supported the club as a boy and scoring 11 goals in 52 appearances during his spell from 2010 to 2011.
The fans have had their say on Twitter, with the majority of them delighted to see Gardner become Gianfranco Zola’s first signing of the January transfer window.
Craig Gardner to smash a 30 yard winner against the villa
— Danny (@DanDowie95) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner eh? Nooiiiccceeee ???? welcome home sunshine ????????????
— Emma (@Emma3008) January 11, 2017
— WIN A GAME FFS (@_SeldomSeenKid) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner is a joke
— Louis (@Louis_B98) January 11, 2017
— Kev Baker (@BaggieBaker69) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner has only just turned 30. Still got another 3 top years in him at least! Great signing. #BCFC ⚽️????⚪️
— Dean Richardson (@DeanOVO) January 11, 2017
Pleased to see Craig Gardner making a comeback for his old team! #bcfc
— Harry Tricklebank (@hjtricklebank) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner back where he belongs! Player with real passion and someone who loves the club! Welcome home!! ????⚽️ https://t.co/v6t4YvfxTr
— Craig Milner (@CraigyMilner) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner has taken a pay cut and re-signed for Blues. Best birthday present ever. #bcfc
— Mig Weston (@MigsterMMA) January 11, 2017
I am actually buzzing that we've signed Craig Gardner again, UP THE BLUES X
— Jamie (@JamieLucas__) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner coming back to Blues is actually the best thing to happen to us since 2011.
— Matthew Jones (@MatthewJonesss) January 11, 2017
— Louise (@lou1875) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner back at blues? oh boy the good old days.
— evie (@goddezsz) January 11, 2017
Craig Gardner is a solid signing for Birmingham
— Karol with a K (@LukeHarber11) January 11, 2017