McPake plans Coventry return

Permanent move to Hibs has crossed on-loan defender's mind

James McPake: On-loan Hibernian defender is expecting to return to Coventry City

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James McPake is currently expecting to return to Coventry City, but admits a permanent deal with Hibernian has crossed his mind.

The defender joined Hibs on loan in January and he is set to captain the team against Edinburgh rivals Hearts in the Scottish Cup final later this month.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon is keen to hang on to the 27-year-old and reports suggest the SPL club are planning a £100,000 bid.

McPake is focusing on finishing the season with Hibs and stressed he has never sought a move away from Coventry, who have been relegated from the Championship.

He told the Coventry Telegraph: "I'll get the last couple of games over with first and then if someone calls me, fine, but I have never looked for a move away from Coventry.

"I needed to play football and the manager agreed, and that's what's happened.

"I'd be lying if I said it hasn't crossed my mind and you hear the rumours that this or that is going to happen but, at the minute I'm a Coventry player and I fully expect to be back down there."