Craig Bellamy has left Liverpool to re-join Cardiff City, it has been confirmed.
Bellamy has signed a two-year deal with the Bluebirds, bringing to an end his second spell at Anfield after one season with the club.
The 33-year-old, who also announced his international retirement, spent a season on loan with his home-town club in 2010/11, scoring 11 goals as Cardiff just missed out on promotion via the play-offs as rivals Swansea became the first Welsh team to gain promotion the Premier League.
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay admitted he was delighted to land Bellamy after a string of strong performances for Team GB’s Olympic football side.
We've known each other our whole careers," said Mackay. "We were together a long time ago at Norwich City. He's a proud lad from the area and he's a top player, a top talent."
Cardiff captain Mark Hudson echoed the sentiments of his manager, adding that the capture of the former West Ham and Manchester City forward will help bolster City’s charge for promotion.
"He's an international and he's been at the top level for a long time," said Hudson, who said Bellamy's influence had been evident during his loan spell at the club.
"To be able to work with someone like that was beneficial to everyone that was playing with him at the time.
"I learnt a lot from him, the way he conducted himself and went about his day-to-day business. You look at him now, he's a role model."
It is believed Bellamy took a significant pay cut to return to his boyhood club.
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