Former Pertemps Bees fly-half Mark Woodrow is set to return to the West Midlands by signing for Stourbridge this week.
Woodrow, who kicked the Bees to a stunning Powergen Cup quarter-final victory over Wasps in February 2004, left Sharmans Cross Road last January when he signed a full- time contract with Bristol.
But he was released by his home-town club three months later when Bristol secured promotion to the Premiership and Woodrow was deemed surplus to requirement.
Subsequent proposed moves to clubs in France and Italy fell through, so Woodrow has returned to his old job, working as an electrician in Bristol.
Stourbridge's director of rugby, Neil Mitchell, made contact after Woodrow had returned from watching the British & Irish Lions play in New Zealand and offered him the chance to resurrect his career.
Woodrow played as a triallist for Stourbridge in Saturday's friendly at Sharmans Cross Road and he is expected to sign a contract with the National Two club tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Bees director of rugby Phil Maynard declared himself pleased with his side's performance in the 46 - 12 victory over Stourbridge.
Stourbridge provided the Bees with stiff opposition in a competitive and often physical game in which a number of close-season signings and triallists were given the chance to impress.
Former England winger Tom Beim and ex-Bristol and Leicester centre Adam Billig sat out the game and the Knight brothers, Paul and Dave, were missing because of a family christening.
But ex-Orrell No 8 Guillaume Scheuller, flankers Tu Tamarua (Rotherham) and Cae Trayhern (Pontypool) and prop Adrian Olver (Coventry) all played an impressed.
"It's early days but that was a very pleasing first effort," Maynard said. "We were without half-a-dozen backs but I thought that we put some of the systems that we have been working on into practice pretty well.
"Stourbridge gave us a very good workout,which is just what we needed, although I felt that we kept the cork in the bottle. If we had needed to move up another gear, then we could have done that."
The match was played in three 30-minute periods and winger Aaron Takarangi scored tries in the first and final periods. Other Bees tries came from wingers Roman Piotrowski and Nick Baxter and prop Andrew Le Chevalier.
Teenage centre Alex Grove, the son of the club's president-elect Lawrence Grove, impressed on a first senior outing for the Scotland Under-18 international.
The Bees continue their pre-season friendlies with games at Bridgend on Friday and Pontypool next Sunday.