Wallace on verge of Pompey landmark

Jed Wallace will tomorrow enter the 100-game club for Pompey.

And Andy Awford believes the midfielder has every reason to be proud of his remarkable progress.

Pompey attacker Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey attacker Jed Wallace Picture: Joe Pepler

The 20-year-old is to hit the landmark figure at Newport County tomorrow as the Blues play their first fixture of 2015.

Despite being handed his debut at Plymouth in the Capital One Cup in August 2012, Wallace didn’t make his Football League bow until January 2013 against Swindon.

He now totals 99 appearances and 24 goals, missing only two matches since then.

Last summer the youngster signed a three-year deal at Fratton Park, while rumours of Brighton interest have this week been denied by the club.

Hayden Mullins was the last Pompey player to break the 100-game barrier in September 2011.

Now Wallace will be joining him.

Awford said: ‘I am delighted for Jed, I have been with him right along from day one when he walked in for the trials.

‘I think he should be proud, it’s a good achievement for him. He has come from non-league football at 16 and is now going to be making 100 appearances at the age of 20.

‘I think he has done brilliantly to get that far.

‘His goalscoring record over that time is phenomenal for a wide player and he hasn’t missed many games.

‘Jed has now got to kick on, he can’t rest on his laurels, he has to push his career on. The better he plays the better we play.

‘He should be proud, though. I would be if I was 20 playing my 100th game.

‘I spoke to him yesterday and he was more concerned about Newport, in terms of he realises it sparks memories of last season when we won at the start of that great run.

‘Jed’s concentrating on us winning and getting on a run. He’s hoping it will kick-start something like last year – a case of deja-vu.

‘He should be proud of his achievement tomorrow, though, Gary O’Neil would have been the last one to have come through the ranks and done that.

‘Adam Webster and Dan Butler will probably be the next ones.’

Meanwhile, Awford has reiterated there has been no approach from Championship Brighton for the youngster.

A national newspaper claimed the Seagulls were ready to lodge a £350,000 bid, with new boss Chris Hughton eager to strengthen a side currently out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Awford added: ‘There has been no interest in Jed.’