Jack Whatmough has signed a new contract with Portsmouth, as confirmed by their official club website.

The 22-year-old has committed his future to the Fratton Park club until the summer of 2021.

Whatmough’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season and has was linked with moves to Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen, as reported by The72.

He started out as a youngster at Southampton before joining Portsmouth’s academy at the age of 12 and rose through the youth ranks at Pompey. He made his first-team debut in November 2013 in a league game against Southend United.

Whatmough had a brief loan spell at Havant and Waterlooville during the 2015/16 season and has played over 100 games for Portsmouth, thus establishing himself in their senior side.

After signing his new deal at League One table toppers Pompey, the young defender has told their club website: “I’m delighted to be here for another two-and-a-half years. This is a good squad to be a part of and I’m looking forward to the future.

“From the minute I signed here as a 12-year-old, I’ve always felt wanted. There’s never been any question about the club’s loyalty to me or from me to them.

He also added: “I’ve had setbacks in my career with injuries, but I’m enjoying my football now and don’t really want to look back. You only get rewarded with a contract if you’re doing your job, so now I want to stay in the team and keep performing well.

“I want to be playing as high as I possibly can – and hopefully that will be in the Championship next season”.