Jamaal Lascelles insists he had no hesitation in pledging his future to Nottingham Forest.The highly-rated 18 year old central defender today signed a new four-year Reds contract, despite being linked with a number of Premier League clubs.
Lascelles has worked his way through the Academy system at Forest and is convinced staying put will benefit him in the long term.
He told Forest Player: "I'm over the moon to have signed a new contract -although to be honest it was a little bit unexpected.
"I'm just glad I'm staying at Forest because that's all I've ever wanted.
"Every day I work hard in training and try my best and want nothing more than to make my mark as a Forest player."
Lascelles had been strongly tipped to follow the route taken by his friend Patrick Bamford, who swopped The City Ground for the Premier League earlier this year when he joined Chelsea.
But he added: "The decision Patrick took is great for him but I've been at Forest since I was eight years old. This club is a big part of me and it's where I want to continue my development."
Incidentally, Jamaal isn't the only member of the Lascelles family with something to celebrate as his older brother Rema has just secured a four-year basketball scholarship at Pacific University in Hawaii.