Carlton Cole joins former Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien at Persib Bandung
By Charlotte Marsh
Last Updated: 30/03/17 12:58pm
Carlton Cole has joined former Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien at Indonesian side Persib Bandung.
Cole - who won seven caps for England - has joined the club on a ten-month contract, and will be reunited with Essien after they spent the 2005/06 season together at Stamford Bridge.
However, Cole is best known for his spell with West Ham, where he scored 68 goals in 293 appearances and helped the east London side back into the Premier League during their 2011/12 campaign in the Championship.
The 33-year-old also spent time with Charlton, Aston Villa and and Celtic, leaving the latter in June 2016 after just eight months with the Scottish Premiership champions.
He most recently played a handful of games for United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic in the United States, but only appeared in four matches before returning to the UK after the Californian club's season came to an end.
Speaking about the move to Persib, Cole said: "It's incredible. The jersey reminds me of when joining Chelsea at the beginning of my football career."
The Indonesian side were the last team to win the Liga 1 title in the 2014 season after the last two campaigns were abandoned due to a FIFA suspension.
Essien arrived at Persib earlier this month, signing a one-year deal with the option to extend his stay for a further 12 months at the end of the season.