Wayne Rooney is heading back to pursue his boyhood dream with Everton FC.
The news first broke on Everton’s Twitter page on July 9.
The athlete will replace outgoing Everton player Romelu Lukaku, who has inked a deal with Manchester United, reports the BBC.
As part of the #WelcomeHomeWayne campaign, Rooney promises Everton’s fans can look forward to the club’s first trophy in 22 years. The club’s last trophy was won during the 1995 FA Cup.
Rooney, who started out at EFC at the age of 9, says he’s looking forward to his homecoming.
“Wearing the shirt feels as special as it did 13 years ago and I’m just looking forward now to getting out on the pitch with it on,” said the player in an interview with Everton TV.
Rooney’s return to Everton should also excite the club’s fans. Since his debut in 2002, Rooney has scored 253 goals over his 13-year stint with Manchester United. He has also won titles with the Premier League, the FA Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA World Cup, to name a few.