Scotland defender Ryan Porteous completes move from Hibs to Watford

The centre-back was in the last six months of his contract at Easter Road.

Scotland defender Ryan Porteous completes move from Hibernian to Watford SNS Group

Hibernian have completed the sale of defender Ryan Porteous for what the club described as “a significant six-figure fee with a sell-on clause”..

The Scotland international defender was in the last six months of his contract at Easter Road and free to talk to clubs about a move in the summer.

After a fee was agreed between the clubs he travelled south to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical before signing a four-and-a-half-year deal with Slaven Bilic’s side.

Porteous was a product of the Hibs youth academy and made his first team debut five years ago, going on to make more than 150 appearances for the club and force his way into the Scotland squad during his time in the capital.

The 23-year-old had told Hibs last year that he would not be signing a new contract in Leith and was keen to develop his career elsewhere.

Hibs chief executive Ben Kensell said: “Ryan has been a fantastic servant for the club and has been brilliant to deal with over the last few months.

“When it became clear he wanted to explore his options, we have worked hard to get the best deal for us, but also kept an eye on what is the best move for Ryan to propel his career.

“We’d like to wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his commitment and professionalism.”

Hibs manager Lee Johnson added: “Porto is a great example of how players from our excellent academy can progress into the first team and make a real difference.

“He has a strong will to win, and we will miss him. I have no doubt that he will go on and have a really successful career. We wish him all the best at Watford.”