Portsmouth goalkeeper Alex Bass has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract at the club, keeping him at Fratton Park until the summer of 2023.
The 21-year-old stopper has made a total of twelve first-team appearances for Pompey during his short career, but has recently broke into the first-team ahead of Craig MacGillivray.
“I’m delighted to be here for such a long time and it came out of the blue,” Bass said of the news of his new deal to the club’s official website.
“I didn’t expect to get the opportunity I’ve been given, but I’m obviously very happy that I have and it’s an honour,” the 21-year-old added.
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Born in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Bass came through Portsmouth’s academy system, eventually making his debut for the club in 2016, starting in the EFL Cup against Coventry City at the age of seventeen.
He has spent time out on loan at Salisbury, and most recently had a spell at National League side Torquay United last term.
Bass has made four league starts for Pompey this season, featuring in the side’s last two consecutive matches against Gillingham and AFC Wimbledon respectively.
He has featured for Pompey a total of nine times this term.
This new deal shows that Kenny Jackett has put his faith in Alex Bass becoming an important goalkeeper for Pompey in years to come.
The 21-year-old established himself as the club’s Number 2 stopper last season, jumping ahead of Luke McGee in the pecking order.
This term, Jackett has continued to give Bass more opportunities in the team. Bass starting the last two league games ahead of the consistent Craig MacGillivray is a big statement.
He has shown his quality in those two games, highlighted by a critical save against Gillingham on New Year’s Day from Barry Fuller.