Hibs midfielder Stephane Omeonga has admitted that his time in Edinburgh with the Hibees was “just wonderful” and insisted that it has “changed” him as a person.
The Belgian wowed fans after joining on loan from Serie A side Genoa as he tried to win a place in the Belgium under-21 side for this summer’s European Championships.
Omeonga made 17 appearances for Paul Heckingbottom’s side – and thanked fans for the “love” they showed him in Edinburgh.
“When I went back to Belgium the manager told me he has watched all the games I have played. That was a big boost for my confidence. My time at Hibs was just wonderful. Scotland has changed me, I have learned a lot of things and I was happy to come here,” Omeonga said, as quoted by the Edinburgh Evening News.
“It’s another style of football, and experience as a player and person I can take on. I was just disappointed I could not score for the team, adding that and more assists will come but I will work on it.
“I have to thank the fans for the love they showed me, the messages on social media and how they reacted to us winning the derby at Tynecastle was wonderful. It was the best memory of my time at Hibs.”
Omeonga will return to Genoa this summer but his time at Hibs appears to have paid off with the midfielder named as part of Johan Walem’s squad for the Belgian under-21s’ last warm-up match against France on June 4th.
If Heck can get the Belgian back then it would be massive for Hibs and add some real quality to a midfield that isn’t short on talent as it is.