The former Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Hooper has confirmed his move to Kerala Blasters.

Hooper left Wednesday at the end of his contract last summer and spent a year in New Zealand with Wellington Phoenix.

But the 32-year-old appears to be making his way back west.

He posted the following message on Instagram yesterday:

Hooper is only the fourth non-Indian player currently on Kerala Blasters’ books, after Facundo Pereyra (Argentina), Vicente Gomez and Sergio Cidoncha (both Spain).

A number of high profile stars have played for the club in recent years, notably Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Marchena, David James and Wes Brown.

And the former Wednesday players Stephen Bywater and Sanchez Watt are also former employees.

At the time of his departure from Hillsborough, Hooper was one of seven strikers available to the Owls.

But Garry Monk’s options were left significantly depleted at the end of last season and further additions are still being sought to compete with Callum Paterson, Jordan Rhodes, Elias Kachunga and Josh Windass.

Hooper in action for Wednesday. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Hooper, for whom Wednesday paid Norwich £3m in early 2016, scored or made 43 goals in 89 games for the Owls.

But he spent much of his Hillsborough career sidelined with injuries.

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