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Hibernian confirm signing of Ryan McGivern on permanent contract

McGivern's Manchester City contract is expiring and he is moving to Easter Road permanently.

Ryan McGivern, Hibs, January 2013.
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Hibernian will complete the signing of Ryan McGivern permanently when his Manchester City contract expires.

The Northern Ireland international spent the last season on loan from the English Premier League giants and was a regular fixture in Pat Fenlon's Hibs team.

With his contract at the Etihad Stadium due to expire this month, McGivern has agreed a two-year deal to join Hibs on a long-term basis.

The 23-year old left-back revealed that he had offers south of the border but was excited by what defeated Scottish Cup finalists Hibs could achieve next season.

"There were other options available for me down south in England, but I wanted to stay with Hibs and continue my development at the club," he told the club's official website.

"Last season was a great experience for me and I've learned a huge amount from playing regular first team football in the SPL.

"I didn't want my time with Hibs to end on a low note with what happened at Hampden; I wanted to play my part in helping the team to drive forward.

"We've got a decent, young side at Hibs and we will continue to get better - I really wanted to be part of that."

Hibs manager Fenlon said he was pleased to keep a defender he said showed maturity beyond his years.

"It's great news that we've been able to bring Ryan to the club on a permanent basis," he said. "He's a talented young defender with a bright future.

"It's difficult sometimes to remember that he is still only 23 because of the experience he already has - both at club level and with Northern Ireland.

"Ryan is still learning and he has bought into what the group is trying to achieve here at the club; showing the commitment, desire and attitude to progress."

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