Southsea’s the place to be for Pompey’s midfielder

Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler
Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler

JED WALLACE believes Southsea can get him playing sunshine football next season.

The Pompey midfielder is looking to settle into life in the area after inking a new three-year deal at Fratton Park.

And that means embracing the seaside and its lifestyle in his adopted city.

Wallace spent a period of last season in town as he shared a flat with now-departed team-mate Sonny Bradley.

The 20-year-old immediately felt at home and enjoyed the cafe culture associated with some of the trendier spots around Southsea.

Wallace feels that putting roots down will be beneficial for his game.

That is an immediate target for him ahead of the new campaign.

And, of course, there are the other plus points of being on the sunny south coast for the Reading-born midfielder.

Wallace said: ‘I need to get a property now.

‘I need to get a property so I will save for that now and move into the area.

‘I need to get settled. I’ve been here, there and everywhere.

‘Now I can come in every day and know where I am for the next three years. That’s important.

‘I like it down here anyway. I always have done.

‘It’s always a bit sunnier in Southsea than everywhere else.

‘It might help to be able to keep a tan a bit longer!

‘Seriously, I need to get settled and not have the stress of where am I going to be in six months.

‘It’s important to me. It’s three years to take the weight off my shoulders and take a step back.

‘Being able to settle in will hopefully help me to show what I can do.’

Wallace joined Pompey fans in digesting the fixtures for the new campaign after they were released on Wednesday.

Pompey will open the new campaign with a clash at Exeter on August 9.

They then entertain Peterborough at Fratton Park in the first round of the Capital One Cup (August 13).

That marks the first of three games at home, with Cambridge and Northampton to follow.

The likes of keeper Paul Jones and newest recruits Craig Westcarr and Nigel Atangana will be experiencing Pompey fans on their side for the first time after agreeing deals.

Wallace believes they are going to be in for a surprise when they sample a packed Fratton Park.

The anticipation is building ahead of the new season for the player who came through the non-league game.

Now he is counting down until the players return for pre-season training next Thursday.

Wallace said: ‘The players who signed won’t realise until the first game at home how mental it is.

‘Then they will take a step back and realise what a big club they’ve signed for.

‘There aren’t many clubs that come close to us.

‘I’m looking forward to getting back to the routine of working hard and getting back into it. It’s exciting looking forward.

‘The fixtures are out and we’re looking forward.

‘It’s the countdown now.’