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.

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Nisbet was subject to a Birmingham City bid (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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Isn’t letting interest affect him. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“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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