JED WALLACE spoke of relief at putting talk of his future to bed and told fans: Judge me on the pitch.
The midfielder admitted he is relieved to finally see the constant speculation over where he would be playing next season come to an end by signing a new three-year deal.
And the 20-year-old is determined to bury suggestions of arrogance which emerged as negotiations over a new deal continued.
Wallace believes the best way to do that is to show the form which had him marked out as one of the hottest properties in the lower tiers of the English game.
He said: ‘It was important to sign and be able to sign for 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.
‘I’m preparing for three years at Portsmouth, I’m wanted and can push on.
‘Sometimes it’s good having the talk, sometimes it’s bad. But it’s ended now.
‘Now it’s about what I do on the pitch.
‘People may think I’m arrogant. I understand that, that’s fine. But they don’t see the work I put in every day and the work people put in with me.
‘I’m not one to think, if I’ve had a bad game, “oh, well”. It means a lot to me. It’s my life really.
‘If football goes well for me everything goes well.
‘So that’s what I need to take care of next season.’
Wallace admitted his form was up and down last season as he reflected Pompey’s tumultuous campaign.
Now he’s looking to find the consistency all players strive for.
Wallace said: ‘People were always so used to things going well for me.
‘There was always going to be a period where I struggled.
‘Everyone saw that I did, like the rest of the team.
‘Things changed with the new manager and everyone got a bit of a lift. I got pulled along by that.
‘It was good to get back to some sort of form at the end of the season that everyone is used to me producing.
‘There will be games this season where I’m not doing well.
‘But I want to be doing the right thing for the team.
‘I was getting selected at the end when my form dropped.
‘So that’s something I added to my game.
‘The manager trusted me with off-the-ball responsibilities.
‘As long as I’m playing I back myself – if I’m not having the best of times – that I’ll get a goal and a bit of confidence.
‘I want to play as many games as I can now.
‘If I play 40 games I will back myself that I will play well in most of them.
‘All I want to do is stay in the team.
‘Then things will take care of themselves.’