Birmingham City and Millwall arrived with bids for their services – but Hibs’ Ryan Porteous knows the time will come to make the next big step.
Millwall submitted a bid of around £1 million for the centre-back, who scored the winning goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over St Mirren. The Den bid was rejected, with Hibs also rejecting offers of around £2.6 million for top scorer Kevin Nisbet from Birmingham City.
Porteous is thankful for manager Jack Ross’ honest discussions as he states that both he and Nisbet won’t let the bids affect their performances at Easter Road: “The chats I have had with the manager, he has been honest.
“He wants me here but he understands that there is going to be a time, if I want to progress, when I need to make the step up. But the timing has to be right for me and for the club. I am fully aware of that. I am thankful I have a manager who is open and honest.
“He is a manager who wants the best for his players. He knows, and as a club, they know young players want to eventually move on and further their career. I don’t think I need to say to the fans that Kevin and I will give everything for the club and team while we are here. It would be a waste of six or seven months and hard work not to.
“We are in a good position and there are a big few months ahead. I have had a consistent run of games but I have to thank the boys and the manager for having that faith and trust in me. It is good to be in a good place right now.
“You never want to leave on bad terms and I want to try and get the best results for the club. The timing maybe wasn’t right but we can reassess that in the summer.”
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