Paul Heckingbottom started his Summer shopping last week, securing Barnsley defender Adam Jackson. Returning injured duo Ryan Porteous and Martin Boyle though will feel like another two new additions.

The duo have been out with long-term injuries and have yet to feature under the former Leeds United boss.

Boyle missed the second half of last season. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Both were decent players for the Hibees earlier this campaign, especially Porteous, who looks like he could be a future Hibs captain.

Heckingbottom will obviously be delighted to see Porteous and Boyle in action.

Porteous and Boyle are what Hibs need

Hibs need defensive cover for their aging but effective backline during the 2019/20 campaign. Porteous will be able to challenge the likes of Paul Hanlon and Darren McGregor for starting berths.

Porteous is a great young defender. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

The veteran duo have performed brilliantly for Heckingbottom so he is unlikely to want to drop them. Porteous will have to shine in pre-season and the Betfred Cup to really have a chance of being a regular starter come the start of the Premiership campaign.

Boyle is another player Hibs have missed. His biggest asset is his pace, something Heckingbottom has desperately missed during his stint at Easter Road.

The only player who had that last season was Daryl Horgan. Having both him and his Australian counterpart tearing up the wings next season could become very useful for the Leith based side.

Horgan and Boyle could be brilliant together on the flanks. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Porteous and Boyle are two great players Hibs have missed. They are great to watch on their day and will be useful additions to Heckingbottom’s squad. They will both have work to do if they are to claim a starting XI spot though.

Having been out for so long, Porteous and Boyle will be fresh options for Heckingbottom. There returns from injury could prove to be one of the best parts of Hibs’ summer.

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