Four Young Hibees Join, Four Depart

During the summer transfer window there’s been some new faces join our development squad, some that have gone out on loan, and some that have moved on to pastures new, so here’s a full update for you so you’re fully across all the movements of our Young Hibees.

Firstly, we’re delighted to announce that Malek Zaid has joined us. After working with the Hanlon Stevenson Foundation, and coming on trial with us, we’ve offered him a two-year professional deal.

The 17-year-old winger will get mentorship from Paul Hanlon and Lewis Stevenson (below) during his time with us as we aim to support young footballers from different backgrounds.

“We were made aware of Malek from contacts within the Hanlon Stevenson Foundation,” said Sporting Director, Graeme Mathie. “He has been playing locally and impressed the staff when he trained with our 2004 group.”

“We will be able to share more about Malek’s story and the link with HSF in the near future, but we are pleased to welcome him to the Club.”

Another new face is that of Kanayo Megwa. The 17-year-old right-back has been on trial with us over the summer and has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal.

Kanayo was discovered from an open trial day at Brooke House College and has impressed since he’s been with us at HTC.

“Kanayo completed a scholarship at Brooke House College, a private Academy in England,” explained Mathie.

“He impressed the staff throughout his time with us and we are delighted to agree a professional contract with him.

“Both Malik & Kanayo will remain at school this year and my thanks to Sean McPartlin our Education Officer and Stuart Guthrie our Player Care Support who have organised various educational aspects for them both to help them continue their studies alongside their commitments as professional footballers.”

Two names that some supporters may be familiar with are Josh McCulloch and Mackenzie Weir. The pair have been in our Academy set up since a young age and have signed new deals with us.

After bouncing back from injury setbacks, the duo – who play right-back and centre-half respectively – have signed new deals running until January 2022.

“We are delighted to reward Josh and Mac with professional contracts,” our Sporting Director added.

“Both had injuries which prevented them from having significant game time in the U18 league this year and both will no doubt benefit from being in full-time between now and Christmas when we will have a further opportunity to assess their development.”

Two Young Hibees have gone out on loan to gain experience of senior men’s football.

23-year-old attacking midfielder Innes Murray (above) has joined Scottish League 2 side Edinburgh City on loan. This is the latest experience of men’s football for him after spells at Stenhousemuir, Airdrieonians and Alloa Athletic.

“Innes was also keen to make sure he played regular football and he contributed significantly on his debut at Edinburgh City last Friday. His loan is initially until January and he will benefit greatly from playing regularly as he looks to continue his development.

“We look forward to seeing Innes’ progress and welcome him back at the Club in January.”

Another young midfielder out on loan is Jayden Fairley. He’s joined Civil Service Strollers until January 2022. This is his second experience of men’s football after a spell at Stenhousemuir. He was previously being named our Academy Player of the Year and has caps for Scotland’s U17 side.

“Jayden has previously played in the Lowland League with Gary Jardine and Civil Service Strollers, and this loan opportunity will give him regular game time since he is now too old for the U18 league.

“Civil have started well and the loan will give Jayden a good opportunity to compete at the top end of the table against some strong opponents at this level, in addition to further game time with Hibernian B team games in the near future.”

Yrick Gallantes and Ryan Shanley (above) have both left the club. Young forward Yrick has joined ADT Manila in the Philippines on a permanent deal, whilst Ryan has signed permanently for Edinburgh City.

“We’d like to wish Ryan and Yrik the very best wishes for their respective moves,” said Mathie.

“Ryan highlighted a desire to move to Edinburgh City on a permanent basis and will now focus exclusively on their bid for promotion from League Two. Ryan has been part of the Academy since the age of 15 and we wish him every success for the next stage of his career.

“Yrick has been in the Hibernian Academy since the age of 14. He was previously loaned to ADT Manila, who are essentially the Philippines FA U23 team and compete in the Philippines national league.

“He has also been capped by the Philippines national team and this permanent move gives him a great opportunity to develop his career in a different market place and I have no doubt will assist him gain more international recognition.”