By Tony Hughes
League One side Coventry City have re-signed Newcastle midfielder Gael Bigirimana in a permanent deal, for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old began his career at the Coventry Youth Academy and signed his first professional deal with the club in June 2011. He made his debut in the 2011/12 season against current Premier League holders Leicester City.
He has now signed a one-year deal with the Sky Blues, which was announced on the Coventry City website and Twitter page.
Bigirimana made 26 appearances for Coventry in the 2011/12 season before signing for Newcastle in July 2012 in a deal worth £1million.
He made a total of 26 appearances for Newcastle, scoring one goal in the Premier League match against Wigan in 2012, his first in professional football.
He couldn’t maintain his place in the team though, and was loaned to Rangers in February 2015, and then to Coventry later in the same year.
“I’m looking forward to working with Gael again and I’m sure he’ll add a valuable option to our midfield third,” said Coventry manager Tony Mowbray on Friday.
“We’re in an extremely busy period of fixtures so it is important we have depth in key areas. We know from last season the quality Gael can offer to the squad and I think he is pleased to be back in the West Midlands.
“Gael is still young, but having married in the summer and moving back ‘home’, I think we have signed a more mature and focused footballer. I am sure he can rediscover the form that made him such a popular player in his first spell at the club.”
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