Wallace: I want to stick with Blues

Jed Wallace has informed Pompey of his desire to stay
Jed Wallace has informed Pompey of his desire to stay
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Jed Wallace has revealed he is to hold talks over a long-term Pompey contract.

The midfielder has less than 12 months on his existing deal, while manager Guy Whittingham has spoken of his fear the youngster could be lured away.

But Wallace last week met with the Blues boss, chairman Iain McInnes and chief executive Mark Catlin for a relaxed conversation over his future.

The 19-year-old was encouraged by what he heard and now plans to sit down in the coming weeks to thrash out a fresh deal.

And he hopes to be able to tie himself to Fratton Park for many years to come.

‘I spoke to Mark Catlin, Mr Chairman (McInnes), the Gaffer (Whittingham)and Wiggy (Steve Allen) the other day about getting settled and seeing what’s happening,’ admitted Wallace.

‘It was an informal little chat to say to them I want to be here and they told me they wanted me here.

‘I want to make sure everything is in place because I want to move to the area and be part of the community.

‘Hopefully a new contract will be happening in the next couple of weeks.

‘Everyone knows there has been interest but I am happy here, so what’s the point? There is no real reason to leave.

‘What a thing it would be for me at 19 years old to say I have played in a play-off final at Wembley or I’ve got promotion – and medals is a big attraction.

‘I have said publicly I would not go somewhere on £5,000-a-week and be in the reserves because it is just not me.

‘Anyone who knows my character would know that.

‘People say all sorts of silly things, like my agent will move me to get more money, well that is not the case. He works for me.

‘I don’t chase money. I chase what’s best for me, what’s best for my family and what makes me happy.

‘We will discuss where I want to be and where the club wants to be in the next three to five years and I am sure we will be able to come to some sort of agreement.’

Once Wallace has sorted out his Pompey future, he plans to rent a house in Southsea with Dan Butler.

The good friends are currently sharing a room at the Five Lakes Hotel while on the club’s pre-season tour.

And now Wallace is seeking to make it a permanent arrangement.

He added: ‘I commute from Farnborough, which is an hour, although I am also living on the sofa at my old digs in Hilsea.

‘I have been staying there the Monday night, Thursday night and occasionally the Friday.

‘They are fantastic to me. They look after me as if I am at home. Also, I don’t have to drive so get an extra hour in bed in the morning, which is worth it despite the backache!

‘I think me and Butts will end up in the same place – a bit of independence and my mum wants to kick me out!’