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Multi-promotion-winning Peterborough United superstar Craig Mackail-Smith has returned to the club for a third time.

Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 11:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st January 2017, 1:08 pm
Craig Mackail-Smith celebrates his League One play-off final goal for Posh at Old Trafford in 2011.

Less than a day after Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony declared Posh would make no signings before the deadline for January transfers (January 31, 11pm), Mackail-Smith has agreed to come back on loan from League Two side Luton Town until the end of the season.

It’s a real left-field signing by Posh as striker Mackail-Smith, who is now 32, has started just two Checkatrade Trophy games for Luton this season. He has scored just one goal, in a 4-0 Trophy win over Chesterfield.

Posh manager Grant McCann said: “I feel as if the squad need one or two older heads and Craig brings that. He also has a real passion for this club.”

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Craig Mackail-Smith in action for Luton against Millwall in September.

“Craig also brings a work-rate, an enthusiasm, and he has a real affinity with the supporters.”

Mackail-Smith was a star of the Posh promotion seasons of 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2010-11. He scored a goal in the 3-0 League One play-off final win over Huddersfield at Old Trafford in May 2011.

Mackail-Smith scored 99 goals for Posh in his first five-year spell at the club. He made 212 appearances.

Mackail-Smith was sold to Brighton for £2.5 million in the summer of 2011, but injuries affected his ability to make an impact at the AMEX Stadium.

Craig Mackail-Smith in action for Luton against Millwall in September.

He returned to Posh for an unsuccessful month on loan in November 2014 when he played three games without scoring.

Mackail-Smith was far from fully fit at that time.