Matt Clarke signs a contract extension at Ipswich Town

Matt Clarke on the ball at Crawley last season

Matt Clarke on the ball at Crawley last season

Matt Clarke has signed a new contract at Ipswich Town.

The 18-year-old centre-back – who has proved an instant success at on loan at league Two side Portsmouth – put pen to paper on the deal this morning, this contract running until the summer of 2017 and including the option of an additional 12 months.

“I’m obviously delighted and I guess it’s reward for the progress I have made this season,” said Clarke, whose previous deal ran until 2016.

“The manager wanted me to go out and play games and that is what I have done at Portsmouth and I’m really enjoying it.

“I’m looking to improve as a player and playing games week in, week out is going to help me do that.

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“Playing for Portsmouth has been great for me but I see my future at Ipswich. My goal is to get to a standard where the gaffer feels he can put me in his team here.”

Clarke has made seven appearance for unbeaten Pompey so far this season, including a star performance in a Capital One Cup win over Championship outfit Derby.

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Having come through Ipswich’s academy, the former Claydon High School pupil made his senior debut for his boyhood club in last season’s Capital One Cup first round tie at Crawley – at left-back rather – and went on to make a further four sub appearances during the Blues’ Championship campaign.

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