Gillingham manager Mark Stimson is optimistic Kevin Maher will finally pen a deal with the club.
The 32-year-old midfielder looked to be on his way to Priestfield last summer, even training with the squad in pre-season, before instead opting to sign for Oldham.
But having been released by the Latics this summer, Stimson has again made his move, and he is hoping to finally tie up a deal with all parties now back on home soil.
"Unfortunately the chairman's been away and Kevin's been away so we've missed each other," Stimson told kentnews.co.uk. "It's dragged on a bit but Kevin's back now and the chairman has spoken to his advisers while I've been away. It's just about matching it all up now.
"I hope history doesn't repeat itself, the big thing last year was Kevin wanted to play League One football and he uprooted from Essex to play for Oldham. We're in League One now and I'm hoping he comes and plays for us."