O'Connor returns to Hibs
Hibernian have re-signed Garry O'Connor on a season-long contract following his departure from Barnsley.
Last Updated: 15/06/11 9:19pm
Hibernian have struck a deal to re-sign Garry O'Connor on a season-long contract following his departure from Barnsley in April.
The striker began his professional career with Hibs before moving on to Lokomotiv Moscow in 2006.
He has also spent time with Birmingham over the past few years but now finds himself back at Easter Road and is determined to make an impact.
The 28-year-old said: "I wanted to come back to Hibernian for a reason - my love for the club. I think Hibs are going to get the best out of me.
"I'm still quite young, but I've also now got lots of experience from playing in the English Premier League, the Championship and in Russia.
"Hopefully I can bring some excitement to the team. I'll certainly be trying my hardest in every game.
"I've never played with as much passion and commitment as I did when I pulled on the Hibs jersey.
"Hopefully I can help to lead the team and make sure that everyone plays with that same level of passion and excitement next season."
During his first spell at Hibs, O'Connor made 167 appearances and netted 59 goals and he is confident he can pick up where he left off.
He said: "I'm delighted to be coming back home to play for Hibernian. I'm just so happy at this moment in time - this is where it all began for me.
"Ever since I left to go to Russia, I've always wanted to return at some point and I cannot wait to play at Easter Road again.
"I'm really excited about what I can achieve with Hibernian and I'm aiming to repay the faith shown in me from the manager by scoring goals and helping the team to succeed.
"Hibernian is a special club with phenomenal supporters - they gave me my big break in the game and now I want to give them something back."
Speaking on the club's official website, O'Connor added that boss Colin Calderwood has earmarked him as being a leader within the squad.
"The manager says he wants me to come in and to be a leader," he said.
"He knows what type of player I can be, so he wants to see my full potential this season.
"He has got every faith in me, that is why I am here. Everything the manager said to me was positive about where he wants the club to be next season and the year after.
"He talked about the players that he is trying to bring in and it is all positive for the club. This is a great environment to be in right now and one we need to build on."
Calderwood is hoping that O'Connor's experience will be telling, and expects him to be a different player to that one that left the capital for Russia.
He said: "We are really pleased to have a player like Garry on board for next season. He is a quality player with a proven pedigree at the highest level.
"Goals win games and Garry will strengthen our attack for next season and give us an extra option.
"He has learned a great deal about the game during his time away from Easter Road and he will be a very exciting addition to our squad."