By: Hibernian Media on 21 Jan, 2019 16:14
Hibernian are delighted to confirm the signing of Stephane Omeonga on loan from Genoa until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old dynamic midfielder is a Belgian Under-21 international with 22 appearances in Serie A to his name.
Originally part of the famed youth setups at Standard Liege and Anderlecht (the latter producing 35 per cent of Belgium’s squad at the last World Cup) Stephane made the move to Italy with Avellino in 2016 before being picked up by Genoa.
Now keen to further develop his career at Easter Road Stadium, he said: “I’m really happy to have had the chance to come and play for Hibernian.
“I’ve known of the interest for about a month and the club pushed hard to get me, which made a real impression.
“I also received a presentation that went into real detail about what I could expect and what Hibernian expects of me. I’ve never seen that kind of thing before.
“So, from that and what I’ve seen for myself, I think I will really enjoy playing here and suit the way the team likes to play.
“I like to do my talking on the pitch but I would say to the supporters that I am someone who likes to go box to box, to run hard and tackle.
“I am all about helping the team. I’ll give everything I have to do that.
“Everyone made me feel so welcome from the second I arrived at Easter Road before Saturday’s game and now I’m just looking forward to getting started.”
Head Coach Neil Lennon believes the player brings something different to his midfield options and added: “Stephane comes to us with great pedigree, having played a good number of games in Serie A for someone of his age.
“We’ve watched a lot of him and we think he can add a lot to the group in terms of his energy, dynamism and willingness to go box to box.
“He’s not scared to put a foot in to try and win the ball back. We think he’ll complement those around him and give us a different kind of option.
“We’re all happy to have him here.”
Stephane’s first interview as a Hibernian player is available to watch on Hibs TV as well as the club’s YouTube channel.
Everyone involved is grateful to our counterparts at Genoa and Stephane’s representatives for ensuring the arrangement was concluded quickly and to everyone’s satisfaction.
He is available to feature in Wednesday's game against Motherwell if selected.