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Gael Bigirimana returns to Sky Blues for third spell

Steve Carpenter 27th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MIDFIELDER Gael Bigirimana has returned to the Sky Blues for a third spell after moving back to the Ricoh Arena on a free transfer until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old began his career with the Sky Blues after progressing through the club’s academy before going on to make his full debut in a 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City.

The Burundi-born player went on to make 26 league appearances before earning a move to then Premier League side Newcastle United in July 2012.

A lack of first team opportunities at St James’ Park led to a move back to the Sky Blues last season on loan and now he returns once again to take up the vacant number 5 shirt.

On Saturday Bigirimana made his first appearance as a late second half substitute during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Northampton.

“I’m looking forward to working with Gael again and I’m sure he’ll add a valuable option to our midfield third,” said City boss Tony Mowbray.

“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.”