They say you should never go back, but try telling these former Everton stars that.

The Blues have had hundreds of players down the years and, over the course of that time, a fair few have had multiple spells at Goodison Park.

But, while many didn't live up to their first time pulling on the royal blue jersey, a select few managed to make their returns just as memorable - if not more so.

We've picked out a few players from Everton's past that certainly didn't regret their decisions to come back to the club for another spell.

Duncan Ferguson

There's nothing quite like scoring your first goal against Liverpool to make you a hero in the eyes of Evertonians.

Duncan Ferguson managed that in a first spell which quickly made him an influential player in the side, but it was a time cut far too short by his sale to Newcastle in 1998.

Thankfully for the Blues, the striker's move to the north east didn't last.

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Ferguson returned to Merseyside in August 2000 and certainly didn't regret it, bagging twice against Charlton Athletic on his return to Goodison.

His second spell with Everton might not have produced as many goals as the first, but he cemented his place as a hero among supporters regardless with some crucial strikes over that time - before being given a fitting send-off with a penalty against West Brom.

Steven Pienaar

Having impressed during his time on loan from Borussia Dortmund, Everton jumped at the chance to sign Steven Pienaar on a permanent basis in 2008.

The winger would, of course, continue those brilliant displays down that left hand side in front of Leighton Baines right up until Tottenham Hotspur came calling.

But his time in north London wasn't to last.

Just a year after leaving, Pienaar was back at Goodison on loan, making that switch permanent once more in the summer of 2012.

That second spell would see the South Africa international bag 12 goals in 96 appearances in all competitions a confirm his place as a fan favourite once more.

The former midfielder is now an international ambassador for the club.

Alan Stubbs

Alan Stubbs achieved his dream of signing for Everton for the first time in 2001, and it wasn't long before he was a regular in the side.

That was the case right up until his exit from the club in controversial circumstances in 2005, refusing to sign a new contract and instead moving to Sunderland.

However, he didn't have the best time at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats suffering what was at that point one of their worst top flight seasons.

Halfway through the term, Stubbs was back at Everton where he saw his personal form drastically improve.

Stubbs proved to be a pivotal figure across the 2006/07 term despite the arrival of Joleon Lescott, who found a home for himself at left back during that period.

Landon Donovan

How Evertonians would have loved this loan signing to have been made permanent at some stage...

Landon Donovan took Goodison Park by storm during his first temporary spell with the club in 2010, being named the club's Player of the Month in January of that year and going on to score two goals in 13 appearances in all competitions.

As keen as the Blues were to extend that loan, he returned to LA Galaxy.

But, to the delight of Everton fans in 2012, an agreement was reached to bring the forward back to Goodison.

And he certainly impressed once again.

He might not have scored this time around, but his return of seven assists in just two months was crucial to the club.

Those included setting up Darron Gibson's dramatic winner against Man City, and providing the pass for Denis Stracqualursi to score against Chelsea.

David Unsworth

Having worked his way through the youth ranks at Everton, David Unsworth established himself in Joe Royle's side with a number of impressive performances, including helping the Blues to the FA Cup in 1995.

Those displays eventually earned the defender a move to West Ham, but he failed to settle in London and moved to Aston Villa.

After just one month with the Birmingham club and without making a single appearance, he switched back to Everton - and it turned out to be a great decision.

Unsworth firmly established himself as a regular once more, making more appearances and scoring more goals in his second spell than in his first.

Of those, of course, was the first ever strike under David Moyes in the early stages of a 2-1 win over Fulham at Goodison Park.

To this day Unsworth is still a club hero and has led the Blues under-23s to league titles in 2017 and 2019 - juggling a couple of spells as caretaker boss of the senior side in that time too.

Dave Hickson

A true Everton legend, Dave Hickson's first spell at the club was undoubtedly iconic.

"The Cannonball Kid" bagged 69 goals in 151 appearances for the Blues in all competitions after his signing from Ellesmere Port in 1948 - with his goals in 1953/54 proving pivotal to Everton finally gaining their promotion back to the First Division.

Hickson joined Aston Villa in 1955, but never truly settled and later joined Huddersfield - where he spent two years before returning to Goodison.

His second spell took place in the First Division, rather than the majority of his previous time at the club being in the Second Division.

Hickson bagged a hugely impressive 40 goals in 92 games over the course of the next two years before leaving to join Liverpool in 1961.

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Howard Kendall

Well we had to sneak this one in, didn't we?

Having already made himself an Everton icon alongside other members of the "Holy Trinity" Colin Harvey and Alan Ball, Howard Kendall went on to captain the Blues until his sale to Birmingham City in 1974.

Spells at Stoke City and Blackburn Rovers followed, the latter as a player-manager, before he returned to Goodison in 1981.

Again in a playing and coaching role, Kendall eventually retired from his on-pitch actions in December of 1981 to focus on his managerial efforts.

We all know what happened afterwards...