Marvin Ekpiteta makes Hibs transfer as David Gray adds second centre half

Hibs have completed the signing of Marvin Ekpiteta as David Gray added another centre back.

The 28-year-old moves north after over 100 appearances for Blackpool and has signed a three-year deal with the Easter Road side. It follows the capture of Warren O'Hora as the Hibees look to plug the gaps in defence from last season while goalkeeper Josef Bursik has also been signed on loan from Club Brugge.

Along with O'Hora, Ekpiteta will bring more experience to the backline having played in the Championship and Leagues One and Two down south. Prior to the Seasiders, the 6ft4in defender had a spell with Leyton Orient after working his way up from a few non-league sides.

Gray said: "Marvin is someone I look forward to working with. He has great experience at a good level in England and adds extra leadership to the dressing room. Physically, he has all the attributes that fit the demands of Scottish football; he’s big, strong, dominant, very athletic, and will be an asset in both boxes. We’re really pleased to bring him to the Club.”

Sporting Director Malky Mackay commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Marvin to Hibernian FC as we continue to improve our squad. Like Warren O’Hora, Marvin is another player who has been a captain and a leader within First Team groups. He is a real defender with a lot of experience, and I look forward to seeing him in action.”