Brentford manager Andy Scott has expressed his delight at bringing Pim Balkestein back to the club on a three-year contract.
Balkestein made 15 appearances on loan at Griffin Park last season before being released by Ipswich Town over the summer.
Skysports.com revealed on Thursday that the Dutch defender was set to return to Brentford and Scott is happy to have added the 23-year-old to his squad.
"Once again I'm delighted with this signing," Scott told the club's official website.
"Pim will bring the same quality to the side that he did during his loan spell last season.
"In the 15 games he played for us he played a major role in our finishing position and having secured his signature on a long-term deal I believe he will be a significant component as we strive to achieve the ambitions of the football club."