Hannibal's classy farewell to Birmingham

Wednesday 10 May 2023 09:00

Manchester United midfielder Hannibal has sent a classy farewell message to everyone at Birmingham City after playing the final game of his loan spell with them.

The 20-year-old has spent the season with the Blues as they maintained their Championship status by finishing 17th in the table.

Our Tunisia international represented the Midlanders 41 times across all competitions over the course of the campaign, scoring once and providing six assists, as he gained invaluable experience of senior football in England’s second tier.

Notably, Hannibal won Birmingham’s Goal of the Season award with a wonderful free kick against local rivals West Bromwich Albion.

Hannibal wins Goal of the Season award


The on-loan midfielder caps his campaign in England's second tier with an individual prize.

His last outing for the Blues came on Monday, when recently promoted Sheffield United triumphed 2-1 on their visit to St. Andrew's.

Since then, the United youngster has used his official Instagram account to convey his thanks to everyone at the Championship club for his time there this season.

Hannibal said: “A huge thanks to the amazing staff for their support and guidance, and to the passionate fans for making my time at St Andrew's unforgettable.

“I've made some fantastic memories and friends here in Birmingham, and I am proud to have worn the Blues jersey. 

“As I move on to the next chapter of my career, I'll always cherish my time here and the relationships I've built. 

“I wish the club, my team-mates, and all the fans the very best for the future. Let's keep pushing forward and making Birmingham FC proud!”

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Another young Red who has been expressing his gratitude to a loan club is Charlie Savage, following Forest Green Rovers’ final match of the 2022/23 campaign. 

Savage spent the second half of the season at The New Lawn, playing in each of the team’s final 15 games of the League One season. He notably netted his first senior goal against Bristol Rovers in March.

The Academy midfielder will have learned plenty from the spell, despite Rovers' unfortunate relegation from the third tier.

After their final game of the season against Cambridge United on Sunday, the 20-year-old commented on social media: “My time on loan at Forest Green Rovers comes to an end today.

“I would like to thank [manager] Duncan Ferguson especially, and all the staff for helping me so much. 

“I would also like to thank the fans for their amazing support.”

Elsewhere, young United forward Charlie McNeill has also been wishing his loan club well on Instagram.

The 19-year-old spent the second half of the campaign with League Two side Newport County and made 20 appearances. In fact, he was ever-present in the Exiles' fourth-tier campaign following his deadline-day move to Rodney Parade at the end of January. 

The club finished the season just a point outside the top half in League Two, and looking back on his time in Wales, McNeill said: “Thank you, Newport County. Staff, players and fans.

“I’ve loved every minute of it and I wish you all the very best for next season! Amber army.”

Congratulations to Charlie, Charlie and Hannibal on their respective loan spells.