Hibs have today signed Keith Watson, the Dundee United defender becoming the club’s fourth deal of the January transfer window.
While the 25-year-old arrived at Easter Road on loan until the end of the season, Callum Booth has joined Partick Thistle in a similar arrangement.
Head coach Alan Stubbs has made no secret of his desire to bring in another right-back to provide competition and cover for vice-captain David Gray – and Watson fulfils that requirement.
Stubbs has previously admitted that was the one position in which he was short, a point emphasised by the recent absence of the former Manchester United youngster following a groin operation which has resulted in Booth and Lewis Stevenson, both naturally left-footed players, being asked to switch flanks.
Livingston-born Watson joined United as a 14-year-old, making his debut early in 2007, only to suffer two knee dislocations.
However, he has since gone on to play more than 150 games for the Arabs, helping them lift the Scottish Cup in 2010.
Watson, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has featured 16 times for Jackie McNamara’s side this season, the last of which was only a week ago, a 1-1 draw away to St Mirren.
He said:: I’m really pleased to sign for Hibs on loan; it’s a great opportunity for me and I’m excited about the future.”
The arrival of Watson, allied to the return to action of Jordon Forster after a broken foot and an emergency appendix operation, will add to Stubbs’ options at the back.
The Hibs boss has already declared himself delighted with the previous additions he has made to his squad in the current transfer window