It is fair to say that the Premier League career of Brek Shea has not hit the heights the US international midfielder would have hoped for when arriving in England back in January 2013.
Since arriving at Stoke City for £2.5 million the winger has made just three appearances for Mark Hughes' side, as well as spending time out on loan at Barnsley.
With the 2013-14 season over it looks like his days at Stoke may be coming to an end, with a return to the MLS looking increasingly likely after it emerged that Shea has been training with his former side FC Dallas this week as well as holding talks with other franchises.
Shea enjoyed four years with the Texas franchise, making 98 appearances and scoring 19 goals in the process and his return to the club this week has been welcomed by current head coach Oscar Pareja:
"(It's) great to have him. This is his home," said Pareja.
"He's a wonderful kid. It's a pleasure to have him. It's good timing for us to have someone who belongs here."
At present it seems that Shea is currently simply maintaining his fitness in familiar surroundings however, but rumors of a possible transfer have inevitably begun following the news.
Even if Shea is not seen in the FC Dallas jersey in the coming months, it is clear he does not lack suitors in the MLS with Toronto FC recently admitting that they had held contract talks with the player in recent days.
Shea missed out on selection for the USMNT World Cup squad this month despite having amassed 26 caps for his country since making his debut in 2010.