Date: 29th June 2018 at 6:00pm
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Ronan Hale has extended his loan spell at Derry City until November, the club has revealed.

The Irish Under 21 international striker returned to his home country in January but was expected to return to us for the start of pre-season.

Some fans on Twitter were hoping that the forward would be given a chance by Garry Monk next season:


Family reasons is the main factor behind why Hale has extended his stay at Derry. The Irishman revealed earlier this year that he could have moved on loan to a number of Conference clubs, but a return home was preferable due to his young daughter.

Whether the teenager will return to St Andrew’s at some point, it is not known. He will remain in Ireland at least until November when the League of Ireland season ends.

The forward had looked a promising prospect, having played for the Republic of Ireland at Under 18, Under 19 and Under 21 levels and it would be interesting to see whether he could make the grade in the Championship.

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6 Replies to “‘Get Him Back’ – Some Birmingham Fans Left Disappointed As Teenager Extends Loan Spell”

  • Young kid with a young Mrs and a young child in Ireland, and great family history with Derry City FC.
    Couldn’t see light of the Blues first team, so has taken the easy option instead of fighting for his place. He may have scored a few goals with the U23’s but a lot less on ratio per game with Derry in Mens football, so at Championship level he wouldn’t even get a shot off because as yet he hasn’t got enough of the other attributes that it takes to be a top footballer. Lets hope he comes back wanting to fight for his place and a bit older and wiser in the head otherwise he will never wear the Blues shirt at first team level.

    • What a knob you are Bazal, you just hate the thought of someone challanging your much vaunted Juke, just a reminder of Juke’s record, 5 goals (4 in the last month) only 1 assist all of last season. Yet you pour scorn on a young up and coming player like Hale suggesting he would rather be in Ireland than playing for the Blues. “Shame on You” KRO

  • Leaving him there till the Irish season ends is perfect. League football at Conference level is better than he will get her in the next six months. When hes don lets see where he is then.

  • Love how English fans write off Irish Football as non league and look on it with snobbish arrogance, the League of Irelands 2016 Champions got the that years last round qualifier before the Champions league group stages and beat Hopel Tel Avive, draw with AZ Alkmar and ran Zenith St Petersburg close in both matches, hows your teams European form been going lately?

    • Forgive my ignorance….but when did a League of Ireland Team ever win anything outside the small “pool” in which they might be big fish? Your question about our European form is so relevant. Because of winning the League Cup in 2011 we played in Europe the following Season and did very well ……even though we had been relegated. If there was a place in Europe for winning the Birmingham Senior Cup against non-league teams we might be in Europe more…..but it would not make us a better team or the competition any higher in standard.

  • Ok fair enough, i’m not saying that league of Ireland sides would be able to compete against the big boys and i’m certainly not saying that the league is Premier league standard, but i think the league is underestimated, if you look at the current Irish squad there are a good 8 or 9 players on the side who started out in the league of Ireland and have made a name for themselves, Captain of the national squad Seamus Coleman included, yes i know that some players have come from non league in England to make a name for themselves as well (Jamie Vardy) but if you take in a game or two you might be surprised at the standard, the facilities and resources of the team might be non league but the players and teams in the top half of the Premier Division (Irish ) at least would hold their own in the bottom to mid half of the championship in my opinion

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