Wallace: I had a duty to stay

Pompey midfielder Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey midfielder Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler
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JED WALLACE put talk about his future behind him and admitted: I owed it to the club to stay.

Pompey’s prized asset vowed he had no intention of leaving Fratton Park last month, in the wake of incessant speculation over his future.

The Blues rejected a January transfer window bid in the region of £350,000 from Peterborough for the 19-year-old, with the likes of Wolves and Leeds also keen.

Wallace, who came in for flak from some sections of the Pompey support, dismissed the suggestion that impacted on his form.

He stated he felt a duty to remain as part of a side who have collectively failed to deliver this season.

Wallace said: ‘It’s easy when you’ve had a couple of bad games for people to think you are distracted, but that wasn’t the case at all.

‘When I have a bad game I am the first person to know it.

‘Obviously, I have just concentrated over January on training hard and getting back to my best form, which I know I can produce, so hopefully that happens.

‘It’s up to the board to discuss and release the details (of interest), I am not going to go into that.

‘There was interest but there’s a big difference in that and wanting to go.

‘I said I was going to stay from day one, whether people wanted to believe me or not.

‘I am concentrating 110 per cent on winning games and helping to win games for this club who gave me this chance of football.

‘I said to the manager, I said to (CEO) Mark Catlin: “I am not going to go anywhere, I am not going to jump ship”.

‘I’ve been part of the reason the club isn’t as high as it should be this season – me, the staff, the players whatever. I want to concentrate on helping the club go forward now.’

Wallace’s contract runs out this summer, with Pompey receiving training compensation if he moves on.

But he’s putting thoughts on his future to one side to concentrate on keeping his form at a consistent level.

‘I’ve thought: “Get back to basics, work hard today and hopefully my good form will come back”,’ admitted Wallace.

‘I have always concentrated on my football anyway. Speculation I am not bothered about, I don’t read the papers, I just want to play football.

‘Like I said at the start of the season, if I can play 40 games then that is good for someone of my age and hopefully I can have 10 more games towards the end of the season and get that.

‘I have been speaking to the club all season. Whether that is on-going, I’m not sure at the moment.

‘I just want to help get Portsmouth back to where they belong at the moment, impress the manager every day if I can, learn from experienced pros and I will take it game by game.

‘They are the fine lines and small details that me, personally, and the team have to start turning round.’