Scunthorpe United have cooled their interest in Hull City defender Lewis Ritson, according to journalist Mike White on Twitter.

The Iron were being linked with a loan move for the youngster in the January transfer window but have said reports are “absolute rubbish”.

League Two side Port Vale have also been linked with a swoop for Ritson amongst other unnamed lower league outfits.

Ritson is highly-rated by the Tigers and could potentially leave them on loan to gain some valuable senior first-team experience.

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The 20-year-old has been a key player for Hull’s Under-23’s this season and has impressed. He has trained with the first-team on a number of occasions so far in this campaign and was taken on their pre-season tour in Portugal over the summer.

Ritson, who joined his local side when he was 16, is yet to make his first-team debut for Hull so a loan move could come in handy for him at this early stage of his career.

It is exciting times for youngsters at the KCOM Stadium at the moment. Players like Brandon Fleming and Max Sheaf have seen their contracts extended over recent weeks. The likes of Daniel Batty and Robbie McKenzie have made the step into the first-team and have become key players for Nigel Adkins’ side.

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Ritson is one who could follow in their footsteps into the senior side over the next year or so. Could a loan move to League One/Two help his progress?

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