Fulham released a statement confirming that striker Jay Stansfield has signed a new two-year contract with the club. The youngster’s commitment to the club will keep him with the Cottagers till at least 2024. Fulham also hold the option to extend his contract by another 12 months.
Jay Stansfield only had six months remaining in his previous contract, which would have made him a free agent next summer. Some Premier League clubs were lurking around the 19-year-old forward to assess his situation.
Leicester City and Crystal Palace were amongst the clubs monitoring Stansfield. His new contract will undoubtedly put all the transfer rumours to rest and keep potential buyers at buy.
The 19-year-old youngster is one of the up and coming players from the Fulham academy. He is believed to have huge potential and many Fulham supporters are delighted by the news of his contract renewal.
Stansfield has impressed coach Marco Silva since his appointment and has been promoted to training with the first-team as a reward. He suffered a knee injury that required surgery in November last year which kept him out for some games.
Jay Stansfield had this to say about his contract renewal via the club website (fulhamfc.com):
I can’t wait to get going again. I’ve been here for three years now and I’m lucky enough to sign a new contract to be here for an extra two. I can’t wait to show what I can do in these two years and hopefully push on and get closer to the First Team.
t’s been quite hard coming back from injury but I feel that I’ve been able to get through this mentally and come back both stronger and better. The new contract is a big reward at the end of it after a good period.
Jay Stansfield’s journey so far
Like his father, Jay Stansfield also played for Exeter City. He moved from Exeter City’s academy to Fulham academy in 2019. He has been a star player for the Cottager’s academy since his arrival.
The youngster made 27 appearances for Fulham U18 side in which he scored an astounding 33 goals and set up 4. His performances earned him the academy player of the year award in 2020.
He was handed his first start for the club in their 2 goal win against Birmingham in the Carabao Cup. He marked the occasion with his first senior goal.
Despite his injury this season, he has featured in 8 matchday squads for the Cottagers. But has only managed to make one appearance for Marco Silva so far this term.
The Fulham forward has the potential to make it into the first team of Fulham in the coming years. Marco Silva will be hoping he could put his injury woes behind and step up to the first team.
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