Wallace on Pompey future

Jed Wallace lifted The News/Sports Mail player of the season trophy. Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace lifted The News/Sports Mail player of the season trophy. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Wallace picks up five Player of the Season awards
  • The 21-year-old is being pursued by Fulham and Wolves

Jed Wallace admitted he couldn’t rule out a Pompey departure following an emotion-charged final day.

The 21-year-old was handed a standing ovation by the Fratton faithful after being substituted in the 88th minute against York.

If Pompey had been promoted this season it is an absolute no-brainer me staying, 110 per cent there wouldn’t even be a question of me going

Jed Wallace

The scoreline finished 1-1 with Matt Tubbs’ 83rd-minute goal levelled by Brad Halliday two minutes later.

But the future of Wallace dominated proceedings on the day he was presented with The News/Sports Mail player of the season.

It was a poignant moment when the midfielder, who is being courted by Fulham and Wolves, was replaced by Bradley Tarbuck.

And he conceded his future could lie elsewhere.

Wallace told The News: ‘Saturday was emotional at the end. It’s a really tricky situation for me because I love the club so much, I love living in the city, I love the people and I have always given my all.

‘But people aren’t stupid and know what may happen in the summer.

‘It might be goodbye, it might not be goodbye. In football nothing is certain and I had this last season when everybody thought I may go.

‘By no means am I ruling out playing for Pompey next season because I love playing football here, you never say never.

‘But I have made it no secret I don’t want to play in League Two until I am 25 and if Pompey had been promoted this season it is an absolute no-brainer me staying, 110 per cent there wouldn’t even be a question of me going.

‘Unfortunately, though, it is an individual sport as well as a team sport and you have to worry about yourself and worry about your family.

‘It’s not like we are in the Premier League and another Premier League team from three places above comes in and you insist you stay because you love it here.

‘It has been such a disappointing season and I have given it my absolute everything, so I am now going on holiday, putting my feet up and speaking to the people I need to speak to.

‘There is interest in me, I am not going to sit here and lie. I have scored from midfield and that is always going to generate interest.

‘I have just got to see what happens.’

Wallace was presented with five player awards before kick-off against the Minstermen.

He comfortably saw off second-placed Paul Robinson to claim The News/Sports Mail honour.

The midfielder was then the last player off the Fratton turf following the lap of appreciation after the game.

He added: ‘I cannot thank enough every single person who has supported me and everyone who has always stood by me.

‘Saturday will live with me forever and I wish I could have gone around the stadium shaking everyone’s hand and giving them a cuddle to show how appreciative I am.’