It’s an odd decision to extend Lucas Ness’ contract for a final year. The 22-year-old has played exactly 33 minutes of football under Nathan Jones and has fallen behind Gillesphey, Hector, Thomas, and Edmonds-Green.

I am always pleased to see our academy players given additional opportunities to demonstrate their abilities, and this is no exception.

We were all praising Lucas a little more than a year ago when he was playing under Dean Holden; he was an excellent counterpoint for Hector. He was forceful and mobile, but after a season-ending injury, he did not perform as well this season

A year’s extension offers no negative, but arguably the best chance is that he goes out on a first-half loan and flourishes, allowing him to either return and push for a first-team spot or move on for a fee next summer. I believe Bournemouth was linked with him last season.

 

We all saw something in Ness, and this deal offers him hope that Jones and others will let it to shine through again.

 

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