Lorient are confident they can bring the best out of Jeremie Aliadiere after handing him a one-year contract.
The former Arsenal and Middlesbrough forward reached an agreement with the Ligue 1 outfit on Tuesday and is hoping to resurrect his career in his homeland.
The 28-year-old has been without a club for over a year, forcing him to spend the 2010/11 campaign kicking his heels on the sidelines.
He will, however, get the opportunity to prove himself again in France next season and Lorient chairman Loic Fery believes Aliadiere will prove to be a shrewd acquisition.
"It was the idea of coach Christian Gourcuff, and he often has good ideas," he told L'Equipe.
"Jeremie has not joined Lorient to train, he is here to play. It is up to him to prove his qualities."
Gourcuff is also of the opinion that Aliadiere's desire to put himself back on the footballing map will see him shine next season.
"Jeremie has been forgotten a bit," he said.
"He has had a difficult run due to the pressure he had when he joined Arsenal and several injuries.
"He hasn't played for a year so there are questions to be answered. But I like players who want to settle quickly and who are not obsessed with money and instead make choices for sporting reasons."