Hibernian have completed the signing of Coventry City defender James McPake.
The Northern Ireland international spent much of last season of loan at Easter Road, captaining the club in the Scottish Cup final.
The 28-year-old made 15 appearances for Hibernian, helping them stay clear of the bottom of the SPL and establishing himself as a fan favourite.
Hibernian manager, Pat Fenlon, was clearly pleased to see McPake return on a full-time basis.
He told the Hibernian website: "It's absolutely fantastic that we've been able to bring James back to the club on a permanent basis. We have had to be patient and persistent but all the work has been worthwhile.
"Every team needs a strong leader and James is my captain. He leads by example and sets himself high standards.
"He made a really positive impact during his loan spell and moving forward he will play a major role in the ongoing development of the club over the next few seasons.
"At the core of every successful team are strong-minded competitors and James will also help to bring on the younger players in the squad."
McPake joins Tim Clancy as Fenlon's business so far this summer, and the manager hopes he will be able to continue rebuilding the squad at Easter Road.
He concluded: "With the arrivals of Tim and now James, we have started to make good progress towards rebuilding the squad and bringing in the right characters.
"There is much more to be done and we will keep working away trying to secure our other targets."
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