Ryan Porteous: Hibs chief offers positive assessment of keeping defender at club

Hibs owner Ron Gordon is “hopeful” that defender Ryan Porteous will agree a new deal with the Easter Road outfit.
Ryan Porteous has been in good form for Hibs of late.Ryan Porteous has been in good form for Hibs of late.
Ryan Porteous has been in good form for Hibs of late.

The 23-year-old centre-half is out of contract at the end of the season and the youth academy graduate’s stock has risen since making an impressive debut for Scotland last month against Ukraine. While Hibs have made several offers to Porteous’ representatives, no agreement has been reached as yet. However, Gordon has far from given up belief that Hibs can tie down their prized asset.

“Ryan is terrific,” said Gordon. “He’s a great ambassador for the club in terms of his commitment and his style of play. I absolutely love Ryan. I’m hopeful that he will extend with us. I don’t know that we can keep him forever, but I’m hopeful that we will extend with us. We’ve had conversations and I think we’ve put a very good proposal for him to consider.”

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The US-based businessman continued on Press Box: “Ultimately it’s going to be his call and we’ll support him no matter what he decides. We want to support all our players and certainly want to support Ryan, but I’m very hopeful we can reach an agreement that means he can stay at the club a little bit longer and we can position it more effectively so he can help us reach our goals. A lot will depend on Ryan and what he wants to do. Hopefully we can accommodate his wishes and find a place where we’re both happy.”