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Hibernian duo Ryan Porteous and Fraser Murray sign new contract extensions

Hibernian duo Ryan Porteous and Fraser Murray have both signed contract extensions with the Edinburgh club until 2023.

19-year-old Porteous has made 23 appearances for Hibs, while 18-year-old Murray has played nine times for the first team.

Porteous told Hibs’ website he is looking forward to his future with the club.

He said: “As a young player in an Academy your target is to get into the first-team. I am proud to have done that and I am pleased to have signed a long-term deal with the club. It is the best place for me to be at this moment in time.

“I know that the hard work isn’t over and it won’t ever be. I’ll keep working hard in training to improve and I will learn from those around me at the club.

“I’m really looking forward to the next stage in my career and continuing my development here.”

Midfielder Fraser also expressed his delight at signing a new contract.

He said: “Signing the deal with the club until 2023 is an amazing thing for me and Ryan. I’m really happy that everything has been signed and confirmed.

“All the coaches at the club have been good with me and have constantly given me tips in terms of how to improve as a player. I’m learning all the time in training and playing in the Development Squad.

“For me, the next step is pushing on and being part of the first team squad on a regular basis and I’m determined to add to my nine appearances for the club before the end of the current campaign.”

Hibs boss Neil Lennon added: “When you have two young players in your team, you want them to be here as long as they can be, especially if they are fantastically talented like Ryan and Fraser are.

“Ryan is big, strong and extremely comfortable on the ball. He has shown a maturity beyond his years in my time at the club, but there is still a raw edge to him that will erode over time. Fraser has come on brilliantly too. He is a great talent and is impressing in training and in the Reserve League.

“Both of the players have shown they can handle the first team environment when I have put them into the team. I have been impressed with the maturity of them both in terms of their performances and attitudes in training and I am delighted they see their future with the club.”

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