Sunderland have completed the signing of former Newcastle United and Manchester United striker Andrew Cole on a one-year contract.
The 35-year-old ex-England international was a free agent after leaving Portsmouth at the end of last season and admits that he is still a little way away from full match fitness.
He told his new club's official website: "I'm very excited to be here. It is another challenge and hopefully I can use my experience to help the young players at the club.
"I had a few options and I just thought this was a good one. I want to get a good week or ten days' training under my belt and go from there."
Cole started his career with Arsenal, before rising to prominence with Bristol City.
He joined Newcastle in March 1993 and went on to score 68 goals in 84 games for the Tynesiders, before earning a £6million move to Old Trafford.
After nearly seven years with the Red Devils he was on the move to neighbours Blackburn Rovers and that was followed by spells with Fulham, Manchester City and Pompey, as well as a loan stint with Birmingham City.