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Matt Ingram signs new deal

11 August 2014

Wanderers have secured one of their most significant deals of the summer, agreeing a new contract with Matt Ingram to keep the goalkeeper at Adams Park until 2017.

The 20-year-old’s original deal was due to expire at the end of the current season but he has pledged his future to his boyhood club, having made 62 consecutive appearances for the Blues since making his debut in March last year.

Ingram was born in Wycombe, was educated in the town at John Hampden Grammar School and joined the club at the age of 12, having attended matches with his family from a young age.

Having gained first-team experience on loan at Oxford City and Hayes & Yeading, the young keeper excelled from his very first game for Gareth Ainsworth’s side, keeping three clean sheets in eight games at the end of the 2012/13 season, before winning the Supporters’ Player of the Year award at the end of the last campaign.

Ainsworth said: “Matt is a hugely talented young keeper and I really believe he is destined to play a much higher level later in his career. There has been plenty of interest in him from Premier League and Championship clubs already which shows how highly he is regarded within the game.

“However, he’s a very level-headed young man and he’s determined to make the most of the opportunity he has here to continue his development as a number 1 keeper, playing week in, week out.

“We’re delighted to have him on board for an extra two years and he has some great people around him, from his family to our goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, who will help him to fulfil his massive potential.”

Matt said: “I’ve loved every minute of my time here and it’s a real honour to wear the number 1 shirt for the club I’ve followed all my life.

“Extending my contract was an easy decision to make because I’m really enjoying my football and I have a huge amount of respect for the staff who are helping me develop as a player."

Meanwhile, fellow goalkeepers Charlie Horlock and Alex Lynch have both made loan moves into non-league to enable them to gain regular match practice.

Horlock made his debut for Harrow Borough at the weekend, having joined the Ryman League Premier Division side last week, while Lynch has made a move to Conference South outfit Hayes & Yeading. Both loan deals run until September 7th.

Barry Richardson said: “We feel it’s important that our young players get into the habit of playing regular, competitive football because it plays an important role in their development, so we look forward to seeing the progress that Charlie and Alex make during their time out on loan.”

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