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James McPake joins Hibernian on loan

The Coventry City defender will spend the rest of the 2011/12 season at Easter Road.

Hibernian loan signing James McPake.
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Coventry City defender James McPake has joined Hibernian on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old spent his early career with Livingston, before heading to the English Championship in 2009, and is a popular figure with fans at the Ricoh Arena.

McPake has struggled to hold down a regular spot with the Sky Blues, owing to a succession of long-term injuries.

Having returned to fitness this season, the player has failed to win back his place in Andy Thorn’s starting line-up and will now spend the remainder of the campaign at Easter Road.

"I'm really pleased to be on board with Hibs and can't wait to get started," McPake told Hibs' official website. "I'll be counting the days until the match at Ibrox.

"Ever since I moved down the road, I've watched a lot of SPL football and I cannot believe a club of Hibernian's size are in the position they're in.

"In order to get us back on the right track, we've got to give everything in every match - something that I'm planning to do."

McPake started his career as a striker with Livingston, making his debut in an SPL fixture against Hibs in 2004.

Following a loan spell at Morton in 2006, he reverted to central defence and later became captain at Almondvale, before earning his move to England in January 2009.

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