Scott Griffiths has rejoined Chesterfield FC on loan until the end of the season.
But the Peterborough United defender – who has fallen out of favour at London Road – will not become a free agent until the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Griffiths (25) arrived at the B2net at the start of the season on loan and impressed everyone with his dashing displays at left back.
His inclination to get forward was given full weight and he always presented a threat attacking on the flank. He played 19 games before returning to the Posh following the 2-0 victory at Harrow in the FA Cup at the start of November.
Griffiths has since undergone a hernia operation but rejoined the Blues last Friday, too late to be a member of manager John Sheridan’s squad for the trip to Southend.
It is likely he will be in contention for Saturday’s home clash again Stevenage but unlike earlier in the season he has competition for the left-back berth from No 3 Gregor Robertson who has recovered from a broken leg and has been back in the first team since November.
Griffiths’ most productive spell came when he was played in tandem with Jack Hunt at right back.
Hunt, who was also on loan, has returned to his parent club Huddersfield Town and although there has been contact between the two clubs, the 3-2 victory at Southend may have been his last in Chesterfield colours.
The Tykes are understood to be willing to let Hunt return but it is thought they would like a six-figure fee for his signature, a sum which could be stumbling block. Negotiations, however, are continuing.