Jed Wallace has grown accustomed to fending off questions regarding his future.
Ever since he burst onto the scene at Portsmouth as a talented teenager, the highly-rated playmaker has faced speculation of an imminent move elsewhere.
Interest in the Championship has been mooted at times, with there a general consensus within Football League circles that the 20-year-old is capable of gracing a higher level than his current League Two base.
Wallace is, however, perfectly happy at Fratton Park and committed to a new three-year contract in the summer of 2014.
He has no intention of breaking that agreement, even with the summer window expected to bring with it a fresh round of transfer talk.
Wallace told HITC Sport: “I signed a three-year contract in the summer and I love playing for Portsmouth. I love living in the area. The club have been really good to me and hopefully I’ve repaid the faith shown in me by the manager and the club, giving me that contract, with a few goals this season.
“There are a lot of good players at this level, as everyone knows, so to be picked out from those is something I am really proud of. But I’m playing every week, I’ve played over 100 games now, and I’m still young and still learning. Every game is a new experience for me and I’m just enjoying my football.”
Wallace is, however, prepared to admit that he harbours ambitions of one day stepping up the League ladder. He added: “100 per cent. That’s where I really want to be playing my football but I’m in League Two for a reason, as much as Portsmouth are. If we can start climbing the leagues at Portsmouth, for me that would be a dream come true.”
It is looking increasingly unlikely, with nine points separating them from the play-off places, that Portsmouth will be starting their ascent this season, but Wallace has once again stood out in a mediocre campaign.
He said: “I would be lying if I said it wasn’t disappointing to be where we are now – just a little bit too far back to get into the play-offs. We all had great hope of getting into that top-seven, but we are where we are for a reason and for us now it’s about trying to finish as high as we can come May 2.”
On his personal performance levels, he added: “Fourteen goals from midfield is something that I’m really happy with. Goals are a big part of my game and I’ve managed to weigh in with a few this season. Long may it continue.
“I think I got seven last season, which was okay for my first full season. I knew I had to, especially playing behind the strikers, weigh in with double figures. I’m happy to have got that before Christmas and hopefully there will be a few more before the end of the season.
“There is always pressure on footballers to do well and I get it as an attacking player that has scored goals, and people expect me to score. It’s not too much. I just try to do as well as I can in every game and see where that takes me.”
Those efforts will, one day, guide him up the divisions – be that with Pompey or without them.
It is, however, refreshing to see a player of considerable promise displaying loyalty to the club that offered him a window in which to showcase his talent, with Wallace in no hurry to go chasing the dream just yet.
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