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Albany’s Branch happy to be back with Patriots

Albany native Deion Branch, left, talks over hand signals with quarterback Tom Brady during New England Patriots practice Wednesday. Branch rejoined the team Tuesday.

Albany native Deion Branch, left, talks over hand signals with quarterback Tom Brady during New England Patriots practice Wednesday. Branch rejoined the team Tuesday.

FOXBORO, Mass. — As Deion Branch tells it, he could’ve signed with just about any team when the Patriots released the longtime NFL veteran wideout in a surprise move in August.

But the Albany native waited patiently for New England to come calling again — because Foxoboro is simply the only place he wanted to be.

“It just didn’t suit me,” Branch told The Boston Herald on Wednesday when asked why he turned those other teams down. “This was more important here.”

Branch was re-signed by the team Tuesday following an ankle injury to tight end Aaron Hernandez, bringing back one of the team’s fan favorites and the franchise’s 2005 Super Bowl MVP.

Branch said it felt like home the second he walked into the locker room Wednesday.

“Yeah, all the guys gave me a hug,” the 11-year vet told the newspaper, adding he wants to retire in New England and keep his kids in school there. “It’s always good to be here, you know what I’m saying? I love it here. This is where I want to be. It’s always a good thing (to come back).”