Mansfield's Andy Owens has agreed a loan move to Southport, five months after he left for Field Mill.
The 23-year-old has made just two starts in the Blue Square Bet Premier since
joining the Stags in June
and returns to Merseyside until 12 January.
Southport manager Liam Watson says he will utilise Owens, usually a defender, as a striker during his loan spell.
Owens made 39 league appearances for the Sandgrounders last season and played for England C.
Meanwhile, Southport have failed with a move to sign Ben Mills.
The club agreed a deal with Macclesfield to sign the striker, but he informed Watson that he wanted to join Chester City instead.