Former Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam has admitted family reasons were key to his move to Scottish Championship side Dundee on a two-year deal.
The midfielder, 34, arrives at his hometown club after leaving Reading, where he scored twice in 27 games.
The former Liverpool and Rangers player told BBC Scotland it's a "dream" to join the team he supported as a child.
"My mum became ill in the last week or so and it has made the decision a lot easier," he said.
"The heartstrings got pulled and it's an opportunity to come home and play. I feel I can still contribute at the top level and hopefully that will mean promotion."
Dundee say they had to "get creative" to finance the deal and thanks three club sponsors, "without whom it would not have been possible".
While signed as a player, Adam hopes to enhance his coaching education at Dens Park.
"I will look to learn from [technical director] Gordon Strachan and [manager] James [McPake]," he added.
"I've been on the coaching course, I want to be a manager, and you can only pick up from good people around you."
Adam has played for the club twice in testimonials and is in line to make his full debut next month.
James McPake's side start their season with League Cup group stages games before a Championship opener with Hearts on 17 October.