Hibernian can confirm that five Academy players, Paul Grant, Jordon Forster, Harry Monaghan, David Gold and Dean Horribine have been rewarded with new contracts which will keep them at Easter Road for a further 12 months.

The quintet will all feature prominently for the new under-20 team which will represent the club next season and Head of Academy Coaching James McDonaugh says he was delighted all five have been retained.

McDonaugh said: "It's great news and I'm really pleased all five are on board for next season. They have all made progress over the past two years and their efforts merited another year.

"The under-20 team is an ideal stepping stone towards the first team squad and gives them the ideal environment to continue their development as young players."

Goalkeeper Paul Grant, 19, has been with Hibernian for the past five years and the youngster from Gilmerton has been on the bench three times this season at first team level.

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Central defender Jordon Forster, 18, is from Newtongrange and has been with the club for two years after joining from Celtic and he spent the final few months of the season on loan at Berwick Rangers.

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Glasgow-born Harry Monaghan, 19, has progressed up through the ranks of the Hibernian Academy for the past five years and has matured into a combative midfielder.

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Midfielder David Gold, 19, is from Niddrie and captained the under-19s during the 2011/12 season - his 10th year with Hibernian.

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Dean Horribine, 19, recently won the Ledingham Commemorative Trophy and the tidy, industrious midfielder from Pilton has been with the club for 10 years.

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