Hibernian are pleased to confirm that James McPake has rejoined the club on a permanent basis with the central defender agreeing a two year contract.
Originally moving to Easter Road on loan from Coventry City in January, 28-year-old McPake made a monumental impact during his four-month stay - he recorded 15 appearances and he captained the team in every match.
An authoritative leader, McPake was manager Pat Fenlon's number one target during the summer transfer window.
An intensive period of negotiation resulted in terms being agreed by all three parties, McPake, Coventry City and Hibernian, to enable the defender to return to Easter Road with immediate effect.
As a result, McPake will now be with the club on Monday for the first day of pre-season training - much to the delight of boss Fenlon.
Fenlon said: "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.
"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."
McPake says he is delighted to be heading back to Hibernian and reconnecting with the Easter Road crowd.
McPake said: "It's an honour to play for Hibs again. From day one, I felt at home at the club and I developed a special relationship with the supporters.
"I'm excited to be part of what will be a new-look Hibernian team and I'm looking forward to playing my part in bringing success back to this football club."
A full in depth interview with James McPake will be able for supporters to watch on Hibernian TV on Monday (click here to subscribe).