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Bigirimana's back - Gael Bigirimana returns home to Coventry City

17 November 2015

Coventry City have signed Gael Bigirimana on loan from Newcastle United, and the midfielder couldn't hide his delight at returning to the club he refers to as home.

The 22-year-old rejoins the club he left in 2012 on a loan deal until January, and has already turned his attentions to helping the club in the tussle at the top of Sky Bet League 1.

The Sky Blues are second in the table after 17 games and level on 34 points with leaders Gillingham.

"I'm so pleased to be back and to play for my home club," Bigirimana explained to

"I call it my home club because it is where I grew up and started my career. My home club contract wise is Newcastle but Coventry always has a special place in my heart.

"The club are doing great so it's a great bonus for me to come while confidence is high. My target is to get games and add whatever the manager needs me to add into the team. We have to continue winning games and by the time January comes, I want us to still be 1st or 2nd - still in a good position. Then we'll see my future from there.

"But one thing I want to put right is that the club was relegated when I was here, so it would be a dream come true to be part of a team that takes the club back where they belong."

The Burundi-born player joined the Coventry Academy in 2004 and rose through the ranks, going on to win the 2011/12 Football League Apprentice of the Year award.

Was great to speak to Gael today🙌🏼 buzzing he's back👌 @Coventry_City#pusb

— James Maddison (@Madders_10) November 16, 2015
He made 28 appearances for the club during his breakthrough campaign in 2012 before a switch to Newcastle. He has been involved with the Magpies' first-team, notching 13 appearances, but has fell out of favour of late and is relishing his return to the Ricoh.

"It's been a difficult last two seasons as I haven't played much. But I believe I left Coventry as a boy and am coming back as a man. I feel like I've learned so much, my move has been worth it and I can't wait to show the City fans the player that I've become.

"I'm so excited to be here I can't tell you, I'm back home and I want to give my all."

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