Jimmy Bullard has made a shock return to his former trade and joined Shipps Building Services in Fulham - just days before the football transfer window slams shut.
Following a nationwide recruitment process, Jimmy joined the London-based firm in a bid to polish up his old skills and bring some of his unique flair to Britain's homes.
The competition, which was set up in partnership with Armstead Trade paint, received bids across the UK for Jimmy to join a team of decorators on a one-day loan.
A decorator at his father's firm for three years before his football career kicked off, Jimmy dusted off his overalls and bonded with his new teammates on the job in North London.
Having played for a number of interesting managers over the years, Jimmy brought his knowledge of team-building tactics to the job, particularly the tea-break pep talk. He even recreated his famous goal celebration, from his days at Hull City, much to the amusement of his new teammates.
Speaking of his most recent signing, Bullard said: 'The transfer window is an exciting time and it seems very fitting that I'm back on familiar turf in Fulham. The team at Shipps has shown some great team talent and it’s been a pleasure to spend the day back on the brush.'
Modest as ever, Jimmy added: 'The banter has been top-notch and the guys here have made a smart choice signing me for the day. I've managed to pull off a winning finish using Armstead Trade's Quick Dry Gloss - a tradesman never forgets the basics!'
Ewa Czapracka, Armstead Marketing Manager, said 'There were an astounding number of teams vying for the chance to sign Jimmy for the day and it's been great to see him on the job back near his former football club.'
'Armstead Trade is a no-nonsense professional trade paint that delivers in a wide range of colours and finishes. It's the smart choice - and the perfect secret weapon for any team - a bit like Jimmy in his former football years!'