Skysports.com can confirm Carlisle United have signed Lubomir Michalik on an 18-month contract after leaving Leeds United.
The Slovakia international defender has been on loan with the Cumbrians this season, making 13 League One starts for the Brunton Park outfit.
Michalik returned to Elland Road this month, but has now joined Carlisle permanently after having the remainder of his Leeds contract terminated by mutual consent.
He originally joined Leeds on loan from Bolton before sealing a permanent £500,000 switch in January 2008, however, he failed to hold down regular football under manager Simon Grayson.
Michalik is now in line to make his second debut for the club this weekend in their League One home clash with Bristol Rovers.
Manager Greg Abbott has hailed Michalik's capture as a fantastic signing and believes his arrival will help the club move forward.
"It's a fantastic signing for the club and adds even more quality to the squad," he told the club's official website.
"He's a popular lad and had a big impact during his half season loan deal. We're hoping that will now continue into the future.
"Lubo made it clear during his loan spell that he was enjoying his time here and would be interested in signing for us permanently.
"It's taken a lot of effort from the club but it's a deal that we believe will help push us on for the rest of the season."