Catlin admits interest in Pompey midfielder

Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey end interest in triallist

  • Catlin reveals bids and enquiries for Wallace
  • Prized midfielder contracted until summer of 2017
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Mark Catlin has admitted there is ‘consistent interest’ in prized-asset Jed Wallace.

But Pompey’s chief executive has pledged to fight every step of the way to ensure the midfielder remains.

We get a lot of scouts, he is the right age, he has played a lot of games for someone of his age and is obviously a very good player. Put all those things in the mix you are always going to have interest from clubs.

Mark Catlin

Wallace’s Blues form and 14-goal haul this season has inevitably attracted admiring looks from other clubs.

According to Catlin, there continues to be enquiries, with some arriving since the January transfer window closed.

The 20-year-old’s profile keeps rising and last week the player was named League Two player of the month for February.

But Pompey are determined to retain their man.

‘Jed is a contracted Pompey player,’ said Catlin.

‘From the second we took the club over there has been interest in him which we have successfully fended off and, hopefully, we can continue to do so.

‘In life everything has a price, obviously, but Jed is a highly-prized asset and not one we would like to go without a fight.

‘There has been interest in Jed consistently since the day we came out of administration.

‘We get a lot of scouts, he is the right age, he has played a lot of games for someone of his age and is obviously a very good player.

‘Put all those things in the mix and you are always going to have interest from clubs.

‘There has been a mixture of enquiries and bids, including some since the transfer window closed.

‘People are testing the water and you would expect that because he is a good player.

‘He is a great lad and one we would love to keep at the club but the two scenarios for Jed are he has got to want to stay here and everything has a price.

‘I am always concerned about other clubs trying to take our players, especially one as good as Jed.

‘As a player and as a person I think he is a fantastic talent and we will be doing all we can to try to keep hold of him for as long as we can.’

Wallace signed a three-year deal last summer, finally putting him on an earnings par with fellow first-team regulars.

That was something of a coup, with a number of clubs in pursuit of a player approaching the end of his contract. In
January 2013, Peterborough made a bid which was snubbed by club and player.

And Catlin is adamant there is no pressure on Pompey to cash in.

He added: ‘Financially, we don’t have to sell. Whether any player goes is a decision for the manager and the board.

‘That decision would be made in regards of the personalities involved and what the board think financially is a good deal for the club.

‘A lot of clubs need to sell to survive. Fortunately, we have got ourselves into a position where we don’t need to do that.

‘We will fight for him and as long as Jed wants us to fight for him he will stay here.’