Andrew Johnson returns to Palace

  • Last Updated: September 3 2014, 18:50 BST

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of striker Andrew Johnson on a short-term deal.

Andrew Johnson celebrates scoring for Palace at Selhurst Park in April 2006
Andrew Johnson celebrates scoring for Palace at Selhurst Park in April 2006

The 33-year-old, who scored 85 goals in 160 appearances during his first spell with the club, will take on a coaching role with the academy as well as strengthening Neil Warnock's striking options.

Johnson was available as a free agent after leaving QPR at the end of last season.

"I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for," Johnson said on the club's website. "I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League.

"I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in."

Johnson joined Palace from Birmingham in 2002 and went on to become a fans' favourite as he helped the club win promotion in 2004.

Andrew Johnson "I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this club have continued success in the Premier League."
Andrew Johnson

He then scored 21 goals in the top flight the following season, bringing him his first call-up for England, but he could not prevent Palace from suffering relegation.

He left the club for Everton in 2006 for a fee of £8.5million.

Johnson, who has earned eight England caps, has 149 senior goals in more than 450 appearances.