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CONFIRMED PLAYER DEPARTURES

CONFIRMED PLAYER DEPARTURES

By: Hibernian Media on 20 May, 2019 16:21

Hibernian can confirm the departure of several players following the expiry of their contracts and loan spells at the end of the 2018/19 season.

On-loan goalkeeper Adam Bogdan has returned to parent club Liverpool for the short time he has remaining on his contract at Anfield.

The Hungarian international was a popular figure around the Hibernian Training Centre and helped bring out the best in first choice Ofir Marciano.

Adam offered valuable cover when required and proved to be a good influence on the club’s youngsters.

Darnell Johnson will return to Leicester City and can count himself unfortunate not to have featured more often, with the England Under-20 centre-back’s time north of the border having been blighted by injury.

By the time he regained full fitness he found himself unable to break his way into a backline that has been performing with admirable consistency in recent months since the arrival of Paul Heckingbottom and Robbie Stockdale.

It was a similar story for Gael Bigirimana, whose short-term contract has expired.

The midfielder was signed to provide competition in the middle of the park, which coincided with Mark Milligan’s fine run of form on his return from the AFC Asian Cup.

During his time at Easter Road, Gael enjoyed the high of Burundi qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time and we wish him well when the tournament comes around.

Model professional Jonathan Spector made a positive impression on everyone he met, with the versatile defender providing valuable cover at a time when options were a bit thin on the ground.

Like Darnell, the likable US international’s opportunities were limited through the consistency of those in front of him but Jonathan was rock-solid as a late replacement in the win at Tynecastle.

Marc McNulty returns to Reading following the conclusion of his loan spell, with eight goals and five assists in 17 appearances.

The local boy with the infectiously enthusiastic personality also made his breakthrough into the Scotland set-up while plying his trade in Leith.

Australian captain Mark Milligan signed off with a typically all-action performance in the heart of midfield in Sunday’s head to head with Aberdeen.

A positive role model for Hibernian’s younger players, his leadership qualities and versatility proved invaluable during some testing points in the campaign.

There’s not much more that can be said about modern-day Hibs hero Marvin Bartley, after a week of tributes for the fan favourite.

It was an emotional moment for all concerned when Marvin was introduced as a substitute against the Dons and handed the captain’s armband by skipper David Gray.

Marvin won’t be a stranger, having agreed a pre-contract with Livingston for next season, and there will always be a place at Easter Road for someone who has played such an integral role in the development of the club on and off the pitch in recent years.

Dutch international left-back Miquel Nelom departs following the expiry of his contract and – like so many before him – can point to the consistency of Lewis Stevenson as the main factor behind his lack of playing time.

The emergence of Academy graduate Sean Mackie also restricted his involvement.

Goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw has spent the last few months on loan at Dundee United and will depart with the expiry of his contract.

Ross was a dependable figure between the sticks whenever called upon, including a clean sheet in the trip to play Brondby in the Europa League.

Ryan Gauld returns to parent club Sporting CP with our best wishes.

An unmistakable talent and well-liked member of the squad, Ryan’s time in Scotland was hampered by a hamstring injury on the back of an impressive start to life in the green and white.

There is a sense of ‘what might have been’ had it not been for his enforced spell on the sidelines.

Few players have proved as popular in recent years as on-loan midfield livewire Stephane Omeonga, who will link back up with Genoa after he has featured for Belgium’s Under-21s in this summer’s European Championships.

Whether it was for his tireless shifts in the centre of the park or the warmth of his personality off it, there is no denying Stephane won the hearts of the Hibs support.

Like Darnell and Ryan, we didn’t get to see the best of Thomas Agyepong beyond of the odd flash of his undoubted ability and searing peace.

The on-loan Manchester City winger was struck down by injury for the majority of the campaign and was limited to cameo appearances but his big smile and loud laugh will be missed around HTC.

In addition, the following players from the Development Squad will not have their contracts extended.

Callum Donaldson is a dedicated young professional who can run all day and is well thought of by all those who have worked with him.

Kane O’Connor has been allowed to move on after the expiry of his contract, having been unable to force his way into contention for a regular place in the Development team.

Kevin Waugh was a regular at the back for our second string and he was this week named Supporters’ Player of the Year for loan side Civil Service Strollers.

Lewis Allan has enjoyed a taste of first-team football and showed real courage to battle back from the discovery of a cyst in his back that kept the powerful forward out of action for a year.

Ruairi Paton enjoyed a successful season on loan at Gala Fairydean Rovers, where he finished top goalscorer and also walked off with their Player of the Year award.

We would like to thank all of the above for their efforts at Hibernian and wish them the very best for the next chapter in their careers.

First Team

Adam Bogdan

Darnell Johnson

Gael Bigirimana

Jonathan Spector

Marc McNulty

Mark Milligan

Marvin Bartley

Miquel Nelom

Ross Laidlaw

Ryan Gauld

Stephane Omeonga

Thomas Agyepong

Development Squad

Callum Donaldson

Kane O’Connor

Kevin Waugh

Lewis Allan

Ruairi Paton

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