Swindon striker Jacob Wakeling has penned a new three-and-a-half year contract at The County Ground, which will prolong his stay at the club until the summer of 2026.
The 21-year-old joined Town back in early July following his release from Premier League side Leicester City, and has impressed during his short time here, becoming a fans favourite with his boundless energy, goals and assists.
Wakeling became our seventh new recruit during a busy summer, and already has four league goals to his name with crucial strikes against Carlisle United, Rochdale, Doncaster Rovers and Sutton United, which have helped propel Swindon towards the play-off places.
The talented attacker began his career in West Bromwich Albion’s academy, before dropping down to non-league football two years ago.
He was then picked up by Brendan Rodgers in November 2020 before running down his Foxes contract at the end of June this year, during which he also had a brief loan spell at fellow League Two side Barrow.
Speaking to Town’s Media Team after confirming his Town stay, Jacob said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new contract, and when the opportunity came up it was a no brainer for me.
“I’ve loved every minute of my time here so far. I’m enjoying my football and the fans have been fantastic, so I want to keep proving myself in a Swindon shirt.
“The manager has shown great faith in me and the supporters have given me a lot of confidence on the pitch, and I just want to kick on and see how far this great team can go.”
Town Technical Director, Sandro Di Michele, said: “We’re really pleased to offer Jacob this new, long term deal, which I believe shows a real sign of our intent as well as a commitment to building for the future.
“He’s a young player with so much more to offer, and from the moment he arrived at Swindon Town, he’s demonstrated everything we stand for.
“He’s made a superb contribution on the pitch in such a short space of time with his performances, and I’m really excited to see him continue developing under the tutorage of Scott Lindsey.”
Town First-Team Head Coach, Scott Lindsey, said: “Jacob is a real example of what I want in a player here at this football club.
“He has so many qualities, from his energy and determination to chase the ball down and scoring goals, right through to his versatility and ability to track back and tackle.
“He’s been outstanding for us and it was only right we rewarded him with a new, long-term contract here at the football club.”