McPake makes Hibs move

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Hibernian have snapped up Coventry defender James McPake on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old centre-back, who has struggled with injury over the last 18 months, has fallen down the pecking order at the Ricoh Arena, making just three league starts this term.

The Scot, signed from Livingston in January 2009, denied reports earlier this month he had handed in a transfer request to the npower Championship strugglers.

Although, McPake has always stressed his desire for regular first-team football and now links up with Hibs on a deal until June 30.

The Edinburgh club currently sit just one place and one point above bottom of the table Dunfermline in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Ahead of a possible debut away to Rangers on Saturday, McPake told www.hibernianfc.co.uk: "I'm really pleased to be on board with Hibs and can't wait to get started - 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 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 I'm planning to do.

"That starts at Rangers on Saturday and if I'm selected I will hopefully add a wee bit of steel and commitment to our defence. We need to be harder to break down and I will be doing everything I can to make that happen."

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