Alex Nyarko has reported to Everton for the start of pre-season training determined to put behind him the problems that led to his departure on loan.
Nyarko hoped to join PSG permanently
The Ghanaian midfielder has not played for Everton since April 2001, when he was accosted by a supporter, Stephen Price, on the pitch at Arsenal.
The fan accused Nyarko of lacking the commitment to play for the club, prompting the player to say he would never again play for Everton.
But after loan spells at Monaco and Paris St Germain, Nyarko is now back at Everton and wants to meet Price.
"I am happy to put the shirt on again," said Nyarko. "I came back and was
telling chief executive Michael Dunford that I even wanted to see the guy.
"I wanted to talk and if I had done something wrong I wanted to apologise.
"We are only human and I do not want to go to my grave before I say I'm
"I am here today and maybe tomorrow you will never see me again, so it is
better to forgive."
Price was banned from every ground in the country for
three years following his invasion onto the pitch at Highbury.
"He did what he did, fine," said Nyarko on the club's official website. "He didn't mean it, no problem and
maybe I was angry.
"You have to love the game, enjoy the game, but sometimes it
makes people sad."
Everton paid Lens £4.5m for Nyarko but in the current transfer market have been unable to recoup their investment.
Nyarko himself was hoping he would be able to seal a permanent transfer away from the club but now wants to make the best of the current situation.
"So many things have happened in these two years and it has been hard, but
coming back to Everton is a good decision for me to take," added the 30-year-old.
"After I left there was the season with Monaco and then I had talks with
David Moyes about starting with the group.
"I was not ready and I thought maybe Monaco and Paris would come in for the contact."