At 1.15pm on Sunday 9 July, Everton Football Club put an end to speculation that had been swirling for weeks.
It was true. Wayne Rooney was coming home.
The following afternoon, and some 13 years after he last visited the stadium as an Everton player, Rooney walked through the doors of Goodison Park once more, joining manager Ronald Koeman to be ceremonially handed the royal blue shirt.
Outside, hundreds of Evertonians gathered, all hoping to get that first glimpse of their returning hero. Inside, as Rooney spoke to the media, there was fervour, reflection and rousing talk of the Club’s new ambition.
For while this was always going to be a transfer laced with emotion, it should not be mistaken for one of sentimentality.
Rooney has unfinished business.
“As I’ve said for the last few years, if I left Manchester United, there’s only Everton and Manchester United I’d play for - I wouldn’t play for another Premier League team,” the 31-year-old explains in July's Everton
“I was true to that and I firmly meant that. I didn’t want to play for another club in England other than Everton. Once I knew Everton were interested and wanted to sign me, I made my agent aware, ‘Go and speak to them, let’s make it happen. That’s where I want to go’. Now the important thing is for us to be successful."
In this month's issue, the returning Rooney also talks about the impact the move has had on his family, getting to know his new teammates and his hopes for bringing silverware back to Goodison Park.
There is plenty more from a number of other new faces, including Michael Keane on how he’ll be able to learn from Rooney and Ronald Koeman, and Davy Klaassen on why the pressures of playing for Ajax from the age of 11 has made him a winner.
Summer recruits for the Under-23s squad also feature, with forward Anton Donkor explaining how he intends to make the most of his second chance with the Blues and defender Nathangelo Markelo discussing how he has used YouTube to learn from compatriot and first-team boss Koeman.
Elsewhere, Leon Osman picks his dream five-a-side team and we catch up with Everton Ladies’ two new Dutch signings.
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