Everton manager David Moyes has hailed the return of Duncan Ferguson, who has joined the club's youth set up.
The striker retired in 2006 after two permanent spells at Goodison Park, where he scored over 50 goals in over 200 appearances.
With Ferguson looking to get into coaching, The Toffees have offered him a role shading Alan Irvine in the club's academy.
“Duncan came back about a month ago and met me,” Moyes said.
“He wants to watch and see what’s going on. He is back and helping Alan Irvine.
"He is not a qualified coach yet because he is going through his badges, but we have got him in and he’s happy to do the time and he working down at the academy.
“He is showing he really wants to do it. What I have to say is he is putting the hours and the effort in.
"He still has to get his Uefa ‘B’ licence and ‘A’ licence but he is shadowing Alan.
“He is out and about helping some of the younger teams here, he will get the chance to take some sessions.
“It could lead to something more, but what you need is your qualifications and that is the first thing.”
The fans' favourite had a spell at Newcastle United in-between his two jaunts at Everton but makes a surprise return to football after a five year absence.
“I have to say I didn’t foresee him going into coaching when I had him as a player,” Moyes added. “But Duncan has come back and I think he misses the smell of football a wee bit.
“If you look at the Everton legends in the eyes of the fans, coupled with the greats of Peter Reid, Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp and all that crew, then Duncan is maybe one who could put himself close to those players.”
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