McPake: I jumped at Hibs chance

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James McPake

James McPake believes his loan move to Hibernian is the perfect opportunity to get his career back on track.

The Coventry defender is set to make his Hibernian debut in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Rangers at Ibrox. And having recently found first-team opportunities limited at the Ricoh Arena, he admits he jumped at the chance of first-team football at Easter Road.

"I need to be playing football and I have not had the opportunity to do that many times in the last year, so when the opportunity came up to play games here I had to take it," McPake said.

"The manager (Pat Fenlon) had a few chats with me before the deal was done and he said he's looking for me to add some experience to the defence. I have played in Scotland before and also have experience of having some games in England too, so I know what is expected.

"I am not looking any further than the next three to four months and my main focus is helping Hibs up the league.

"I still have year to go on my contract at Coventry and hopefully if I get back to my form everything will take care of itself."

McPake admits that despite not seeing much of his new team this season he was surprised at their current league position with Hibs currently only one point ahead of SPL bottom side Dunfermline.

"When I looked at the table I was shocked even before I knew of the interest in me coming here. Now that I'm here and have seen the standard of training facilities and the players in training it is even more surprising," admitted McPake.

"We have guys like Lee Griffiths, Garry O'Connor and Eoin Doyle who are all capable of scoring goals, we just need to stop losing silly goals at the other end.

"The manager has drilled it into us that we are losing too many soft goals, hopefully we can put an end to that and results will start to improve."

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