Paul Quinn is expected to agree a contract with Hibernian this week to become the 10th new player to arrive at Easter Road this season.

The former Motherwell defender has been training with the club for the past few weeks and discussions have now begun in earnest with head coach Alan Stubbs about making his stay a permanent one.

Quinn left Fir Park in 2009 to join Cardiff City in a £300,000 move and subsequently joined Doncaster Rovers two years ago. However, he is a free agent after leaving the Sky Bet League One outfit in August just over a year into a two-year contract.

Stubbs regards the former Scotland under-21 internationalist as an ideal addition to his squad, which was proved to be short on the right side of defence at the weekend when David Gray's injury resulted in Lewis Stevenson moving from his favoured left side to cover.

"Paul's been with us a few days. He's trained with us and if there's a possibility we can come to an agreement, I would be hopeful," said Stubbs, who added that he was "a bit surprised" to be awarded the SPFL Championship manager of the month award for September.

"That is probably the only position we don't have cover for. It could be a short-term deal or to the end of the season. We'll just look to try and come to some sort of agreement with him and move it on if we can."

Striker Jason Cummings also lifted an award yesterday, being named the SPFL young player of the month. Stubbs is eager to ensure that the 19-year-old - as well as the rest of the Hibs squad - give their careers the best chance of success by embracing the lifestyle of the modern professional footballer.

His comments seemed topical given the reaction to a recent sermon given by Celtic manager Ronny Deila on that subject. "I haven't banned chips, I haven't banned ketchup, nothing," said Stubbs.

"We've just introduced what we feel would be beneficial to the players. It's not so much 'you can't eat this', we would advise them not to eat it."