Portsmouth youngster Joel Ward has expressed his delight at signing a new long-term contract with the club.
As revealed by skyports.com earlier this week, Portsmouth have moved to tie down Ward on a new long-term contract.
The 21-year-old, who scored in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Leeds, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Steve Cotterill's troops.
Ward is now tied to the Championship outfit until the summer of 2013, although the club have the option of extending his stay by a further 12 months.
"I'm delighted to have committed my future to the club," he told the club's official website.
"Hopefully we will go from strength to strength and keep progressing.
"I want to concentrate on my football and focus on doing the best that I can on the pitch.
"I want to help to get the club back into the Premier League - if we can do that, it would be brilliant."
Pompey chief executive David Lampitt is delighted the club have secured the services of one of their brightest prospects for the foreseeable future.
"We're delighted that Joel has signed a new contract extending his commitment to the club," he commented.
"He is not only one of our brightest footballing prospects but a fine example to our other young players and we see Joel as being an important part of the club's future."