Portsmouth fans will be elated by the news that talented youngster Jed Wallace has decided to extend his stay with the club for another three years.
The 20-year-old's future has been the subject of much speculation all season with his contract due to expire this summer. Fortunately, fans of the South-Coast club can look forward to seeing the midfielder grace Fratton Park for three more years at least.
According to Portsmouth News, the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leeds United and Peterborough United all had their eyes on Wallace. With Portsmouth currently loitering in League Two, it's no wonder that the Pompey faithful were fearful of higher league clubs luring young Wallace, who expressed his delight on social networking site Twitter.
Proud day for me. Finally signed a new 3 year contract with @officialpompey...feeling excited & positive ahead of the new season!— Jed Wallace (@jedwallace62) June 6, 2014
Wallace has been a prized asset for Portsmouth since his arrival at the club in 2011, and after two loan spells at local Hampshire sides, he finally made his first Pompey appearance in August 2012 against Plymouth Argyle.
Portsmouth boss Andy Awford is bound to have had a major impact on Wallace's decision to stay with the club. Awford was formerly the club's academy manager and coached him since his arrival three years ago.
Awford told the club's official website: 'Signing a three-year deal is important because it shows that Jed is committed to this club. He’s put down roots here and wants to achieve things with Pompey – we’re delighted about that'.
The midfielder's goals and hard-working nature could prove pivotal if the club is going to really challenge for promotion out of League Two in the coming season. With 13 goals in 66 appearances for Pompey so far, he is bound to improve as he matures and becomes more experienced.