Connor Wickham extends Ipswich Town contract
Ipswich Town striker Connor Wickham has signed an extension to his contract that is set to keep him at Portman Road until 2014.
The 18-year-old had signed a fresh deal, which ran until 2013, as recently as January.
The England Under-21 international has been linked to a summer move to a host of Premier League clubs.
"It might stop all the speculation, for a little bit anyway," boss Paul Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.
"A lot is expected of Connor Wickham every time he goes on the pitch but what people have to remember is he's only 18, sometimes I have to remember he's only 18.
"He's only been in the game two minutes and an awful lot has been said about him and he deals with it really well.
"Hopefully we can develop him as a player and help him become a Premier League player, hopefully with us."
Wickham has made 67 appearances for Town, 35 of them off the bench, and has scored 13 times, seven of which have come this season.
His crowning moment of the campaign came when he netted a hat-trick in February's 6-0 win over Doncaster.
Jewell added strikers Pablo Counago and Kevin Lisbie will not be offered new deals when their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Both players are currently out on loan, Counago at Crystal Palace and Lisbie at Millwall.
Teenager left-back Joe Whight will be signing a two-year professional deal at Town.
The 17-year-old is a first-year scholar in the Ipswich under-18 set-up.