Wallace reveals reasons for Pompey stay

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Jed Wallace committed his long-term future to Pompey and promised: I can fulfil my ambitions here.

The Blues’ prized asset yesterday handed the club a huge boost as he inked a new three-year deal.

Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler

It brings to an end incessant speculation about where the 20-year-old will be playing his football next season.

The likes of Peterborough, Wolves and Leeds were all keen on the midfielder.

But Fratton Park is where he will be plying his trade under Andy Awford.

Wallace is delighted to finally put all the talk to bed.

He feels the club can match his own targets and they can rise through the divisions in the seasons to come.

And he is intent on spending the duration of his new agreement with Pompey.

Wallace said: ‘I’m over the moon to be staying here and excited about what lies ahead.

‘Everyone wants to play at a higher level. But, at the moment, the most important thing for me is to play.

‘If I’m not playing at any level, I’m going to lose my head. I’m used to playing in front of 20,000 people here.

‘For me to carry on doing that and improving here is what I want to do.

‘I’m a footballer and I want to play games. My target this season is to play 40-plus games like I did last season.

‘If I achieve that and play well along the way I will be pleased.

‘There will be ups and downs along the way, like last season, as everyone saw.

‘If I play 40 games I will back myself that I will do well in most of them.

‘I want to stay in the team as much as I can. I’ll be doing my best to show everyone what I can do.

‘Where do I want to be in three years? In the Championship with Portsmouth.

‘If I do well, the club does well and we all do well. I’m not signing to think if I do well in three months I can go. That’s not what this is. I’m preparing for three years at Portsmouth, where I’m wanted and I can push on now.’

Wallace will now move up the wage scale at Fratton Park after being one of the club’s lowest earners.

He could have earned more money elsewhere but felt being able to settle at Pompey was more important.

The man who has now got 72 senior appearances under his belt, feels it was crucial the deal gave him the time to settle and focus on success with the Blues.

He said: ‘It was important to be three years. It takes a weight off my shoulders and means I can take a step back.

‘The talk has now ended and I can put that behind me.

‘Hopefully people will now be able to judge me on what I do on the pitch.

‘If football is going well, everything is going well.

‘That’s the way I want it to be next season at this club.

‘The club is happy and I’m happy. That’s why we reached an agreement.

‘I feel wanted and this is the club where I want to be.

‘I’d rather be here than having more money and playing in front of 3,000.

‘If we do well next season this place will take off. That is worth more than money.

‘You have to think about these things. It’s not all about money in football. I want memories which are going to last forever.’

n Mark Catlin has won the first battle in his war against the FA’s Premier League B team proposals.

The Pompey chief executive led the fight against the shake-up – which was yesterday rejected by Football League clubs at their AGM in Portugal.

The plan was to install a B team league between League Two and the Conference.