Andrew Driver, the former Hearts winger, has returned to Scotland after proving unable to win a contract with Sky Bet Championship side Yeovil Town.
The 26-year-old, who has been linked with a move back to Tynecastle should his former side move another player out, has been a free agent since leaving Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo in November.
He was offered the chance to return to action in England after Gary Johnson, the Yeovil manager, became aware of his availability through son, Lee. He had been a team-mate of Driver's at Hearts.
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However, with Yeovil in relegation trouble this season, Driver's match fitness was a concern for a manager who is seeking players capable of making an immediate impact. "Andy's gone back to his home in Edinburgh," said Johnson.
"We had a look for a couple of days, he hadn't played since November in America and we didn't feel he would be able to help us this side of this season.
"He wasn't quite fit enough and we don't have the time to get him fit to make a difference. It was better he sought pastures new. We have got other targets, we're not giving up. Some that were close ended up not happening."