ADAM JACKSON has revealed how taking in last month’s Edinburgh derby at Easter Road convinced him to rejoin Paul Heckingbottom at Hibs.
Heckingbottom went back to old club Barnsley to make the defender his first signing of what is expected to be a busy close-season for the Easter Road boss.
Hibs released 17 players earlier this month and Heckingbottom has predicted a summer of change at the capital club.
Jackson, a team-mate of Hibs hero Rob Jones on loan at Hartlepool, has penned a two-year deal after leaving Barnsley at the end of the season.
And the 25-year-old admits being a guest of Hibs at the 1-1 draw with Hearts four weeks ago helped seal the deal for him to come north.
He said: “I’m buzzing to finally get it done. We’ve been speaking about it in the last few weeks and I just wanted to get up here and get it sorted, really, so I’m glad it’s done.
“That sealed it for me, when I came to that [Edinburgh derby] game – the atmosphere, I came and looked round the training ground, the stadium – it was all excellent.
“And obviously I know the gaffer as well, so everything together, it was perfect.
“I spoke to him briefly after that game and then a couple of weeks later, and that was it, I just wanted to come up and get it done.
“I was with him for maybe 18 months after I signed and he was brilliant. What I learned on the training pitch because of him and the coaches, I feel I improved a lot.
“So, to get the chance to work with Paul again, it was a no-brainer.
“When the gaffer came in here he won a lot of games in a row, so it was like ‘why wouldn’t I want to join?’. It’s a good club and a perfect time for it.”