FORMER skipper Chris Lucketti is on his way back to Town.
The 36-year-old was due to sign today, subject to a medical, after making a verbal agreement with manager Stan Ternent.
Lucketti, who had a year of his Sheffield United contract to run and finished last season on loan at Southampton, was expected to join Ternent’s squad for pre-season training at Storthes Hall.
The highly-experienced centre-back – whose career transfer fees total £1.85m – will have a two-year contract and joins Keigan Parker, Jim Goodwin and Andy Butler as new faces for the club’s centenary campaign.
Lucketti, who played under Ternent at Bury, first signed for Town under Steve Bruce in 1999 for £750,000 and had two seasons at the club (ending in relegation from the Championship) before leaving for the same fee to Preston.
He spent five years at Deepdale, having a loan spell at Bramall Lane before a permanent £300,000 transfer two years ago.
Littleborough born, he will be 37 in September but is seen by Ternent as the defensive rock needed to help mount a challenge at League I level – starting against one of Lucketti’s old clubs, Stockport, at the Galpharm on August 9.
Town fans may get their first chance to see him in action in the opening friendly of the summer at Gigg Lane a fortnight tomorrow, while his Galpharm return may be against the club he’s just left on Saturday, August 2.