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Peter's homecoming

Peter Crouch says he had no hesitation in making a dream return to Spurs this week.

Peter Crouch says he had no hesitation in making a dream return to Spurs this week.

It's something of a homecoming for the England international striker following his move to the The Lane from Portsmouth this week.

Having come through our ranks as a youngster, the 28-year-old admits coming back to N17 was not a difficult decision to make.

"I'm really pleased. I had a couple of options but when Spurs came in I just felt that it's a massive club and it will be like coming home," said Peter.

"The football club speaks for itself. Since Harry Redknapp came in he's certainly got the club moving forward towards where it should be.

"When a club like Spurs comes in for you, it's very hard to turn them down. Spurs was always going to be my number one choice and I'm pleased it's all come off."

Peter feels he has come a long way as a player since he was last at the Club, during a career that has spanned five other clubs, as well as 34 England caps.

As he explains: "I was only a young kid when I was here before and a long way from the player I am now.

"I think Ledley is the only player still here from when I was here before. I'm looking forward to seeing him again because I've always kept in touch with him all those years.

"I remember watching the likes of Ginola, Anderton, Sheringham and Ferdinand every week on the terraces with Ledley and it's great to finally be getting the chance to play for this Club.

"Now I bring with me the experience of having played in the Champions League and at a World Cup for England.

"From my point of view, it's not just about coming back, it's about joining a massive football club which has no limit to where it can go."

Peter's move to north London will also provide a reunion with Harry Redknapp, who he worked under during a successful campaign at Southampton, as well as for the early part of last season at Portsmouth.

"The manager has got a lot of faith in me and believes in my ability to be a top player," said Peter. "He always tells me that and, whenever I play for him, he seems to get the best out of me.

"That's proved to be the case at both Portsmouth and Southampton, where I got goals and played well."

And having put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Club, Peter now has clear ambitions for what he believes is a bright future ahead.

"My goal now is to push on, win things and get us into Europe - hopefully being a part of taking Spurs to where they should be.

"If I can be a part of that and score goals, I'm sure I can also cement my place in the England World Cup squad for next summer.

"However, there is competition for places with some fantastic strikers at the club, and that's going to be healthy for the team. I'm under no illusions - I will have to fight for my place here.

"But playing with the fantastic squad of players we have here every week will only help me, and I think these five years can be the best of my career."