HIBS Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom has swooped to sign defender Jonathan Spector on a deal until the end of the season.

The 33-year-old centre-half, who has made 36 appearances for the United States, will bring strength to the new chief’s squad that has been short of cover in the back-four areas.

Spector joined Manchester United in 2003 and went on to play for Charlton. West Ham and Birmingham City before returning to his homeland with Orlando City two years ago.

The versatile performer, who has also play full-back, has been spending time at the Hibs Training Centre to work on his fitness levels following the conclusion of the MLS season in December.

Heckingbottom is delighted with the move and told the club’s website: “Jonathan offers experience, quality and versatility in an area where we haven’t had much cover recently.

YANKS A LOT…Jonathan Spectator will strengthen Hibs’ defensive cover.

“He’s made a great impression on everyone since he arrived and it’s easy to see why he’s had the career he’s had.

“We look forward to having him as an option when we’re back from the international break.”

Spector added: “I’m excited to be here. With the MLS season finishing I’ve been off for a little bit but I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now and it’s been a great transition period to get used to everything.

“I understand the expectations of the manager and I was able to get a feel for the club having gone to a couple of the home matches.”

There may be a chance of the international ace making a quickfire debut this afternoon when Hibs take on Motherwell in Edinburgh.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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