The former Roar skipper says he always harboured hope of club after leaving in 2011.
Brisbane Roar have re-signed former captain Matt McKay as a marquee player ahead of the new A-League season.
The 30-year-old, who led the club to the first of its back-to-back grand final wins in 2011, has signed a two-year deal at the Suncorp Stadium after being released by Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai.
McKay’s career overseas also saw him take up brief spells with Scottish football giants Rangers and South Korean outfit Busan I Park before his return to Australia, where he trained for the first time with his new Roar team-mats on Monday morning.
And the midfielder acknowledges that he never stopped thinking about the club after he left.
“The Roar were very professional in how they approached things and I felt very wanted here and it’s a club that’s going places again,” he told Fox Sports.
“It’s improved since I was here two years ago and I want to be part of that again, and I’m delighted to be back.
“Ever since I left I was thinking about the day I’d come back.”
McKay is almost certain to be deployed in his favoured central midfield role by coach Mike Mulvey despite nailing down the left-back slot in the Socceroos side.