Exeter City in talks with Defender over new long-term contract.
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Exeter City in talks with Defender over new long-term contract.

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Exeter City defender Zak Jules is in negotiations with the club about signing a new contract, rather than simply extending his present deal for another year. The 26-year-old Londoner has been one of the Grecians’ standout players this season, appearing in 44 games and scoring once.

His performances on the left side of defence have undoubtedly caught the eye and will put him in contention for the club’s player of the year award, but after signing in an undisclosed move from MK Dons, he only signed a one-year contract with the option of a second.

However, City are not just eager to honour the contract, but also to give him something more long-term, which Jules is presently discussing.

“I’ve loved my time,” Jules stated when asked about his year with the Grecians. “To be honest, I figured I’d like the football style and stuff. I expected I would because I know the manager well, but I’ve been pleasantly pleased by the overall performance of the football club.

“When you live farther up, whether you’re from London or up north, you consider the distance of going so far from home. But everything about it has been fantastic, including the group of boys with whom I play and share the pitch on a weekly basis. So, yes, I have thoroughly liked my time at the club.

“Me and the gaffer are talking about extending, possibly for a longer period of time than my current option, which is great. It’s wonderful to know that the club is willing to make that commitment to me. It’s just a matter of having continual discussions and getting things right.

“I would appreciate staying here in terms of football and fans. So that’s what I’m thinking about right now.”

Jules, while being only 26, has played for a variety of clubs on loan throughout his career. To date, he has played for 13 different clubs in England and Canada, but he first caught Gary Caldwell’s eye in 2017 when the City manager was in charge of Chesterfield and signed him on loan from Reading. Caldwell understood exactly what he was getting when he brought him to Devon, and he hopes Jules would commit to Exeter and become an important player in the future.

“Zak’s a player I signed him on loan at Chesterfield many years ago and for me he’s had a great season,” he remarked. “I believe he offers physicality and composure to the defensive line.

“I believe he has played exceptionally well in some games this season. I keep telling Zak that I think he can improve. Even at his current level, I believe he possesses all of the qualities necessary to advance. So we would be pleased to sign him further, retain him at this football club, and, as I previously stated, strive to advance this football club further up the pyramid while also propelling his career forward because he possesses all of the necessary traits.

“It’s great. It’s excellent that he wants to stay and is committed… It’s not as simple as that; if it were, it would be ideal! We need to put other things in place to make that happen, but the more players we can recruit like Zak, who are devoted to the football club, committed to getting better, and continuing on the trip that we’re all on, the better pre-season will be.”

 

 

 

 

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