Preston North End have re-signed Aston Villa striker Callum Robinson on loan for the rest of the season.
Robinson scored five goals in 11 appearances for North End while on loan in the autumn but was recalled by Villa in late November to provide forward cover in their squad.
But he did not kick a ball in the Villa first-team following his return and the West Midlands club have allowed him to come back to Deepdale.
Signing Robinson during the transfer window means the loan could be done until the end of the season – had North End waited until the Football League’s loan window opens next week the deal would have been limited to 93 days.
During his first spell on loan, Robinson opened his scoring account in the 2-0 away win at Leyton Orient in October.
He netted a hat-trick when PNE won 3-0 against Havant and Waterlooville in the first round of the FA Cup.
His last goal was the winner against Bristol City on November 22, with him recalled by Villa four days later.
Robinson’s return was the one piece of business done on transfer deadline day.
North End manager Simon Grayson said: “I made no secret of the fact we wanted to bring back Callum.
“He was just hitting top form in his last spell and he’s a great lad to have around.
“Callum wants to improve; he’s versatile and we are delighted he has chosen to come back to us when there have been Championship clubs who wanted to take him.”