Allen grateful to Town boss

Jamie Allen
Jamie Allen

Young striker Jamie Allen is grateful for the faith placed in him by manager Graham Alexander after agreeing a new deal at Fleetwood Town.

The 17-year-old signed a two-year contract this week which will keep him at the Highbury club until 2015.

Three senior players, including fellow forward Steven Gillespie, have since been transfer listed by Town – a move which makes Allen even more grateful to have been offered an extended stay.

He said: “The gaffer has shown faith in me by giving me my chance, keeping me in the side and giving me my first start.

“Now I’ve got a new contract which will keep me at Fleetwood for the next two years.

“This has all happened when other players at the club are being transfer-listed. They are top players and they’re being told they’re not part of the gaffer’s plans.

“It makes me even more pleased about the faith which has been put in me.”

Allen, who scored with a spectacular overhead effort on his Town debut at Northampton, is relieved to have brought to an end lengthy negotiations over his future at Highbury.

“It’s been going on a while behind the scenes,” admitted the teenager. “I’m just happy to have it all sorted. The club took the option on my existing contract.

“But that’s now gone out of the window. I’ve got fresh terms and I’m delighted with that.

“I knew if I worked hard I would be rewarded and that’s what has happened.”