The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

EX­ETER CITY man­ager Paul Tis­dale has moved to calm fans’ fears that they could lose young stars Ol­lie Watkins and Ethan Am­padu in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Striker Watkins, 21, headed into yes­ter­day’s clash with Portsmouth hav­ing scored 30 goals in 55 Ex­eter ap­pear­ances, in­clud­ing ten this term.

Mean­while, 16-year-old mid­fielder Am­padu made his de­but this sea­son and has since racked up dou­ble fig­ures in terms of ap­pear­ances, even win­ning the Wales Young Player of the Year award back in Novem­ber.

Their per­for­mances have un­sur­pris­ingly turned the heads of clubs fur­ther up the foot­ball lad­der, but Tis­dale in­sists the Gre­cians are de­ter­mined to keep hold of the duo.

“I want to keep this team to­gether for the sea­son. No­body is in a rush to sell,” said Tis­dale.

“There’s plenty of in­ter­est and en­quiries but this is the best group of play­ers I have had in a long time.

“The club is in a healthy place and doesn’t need the money. It’s a good qual­ity prob­lem to have.”

Mean­while, Ex­eter have ex­tended the loan of Read­ing mid­fielder Jack Stacey un­til the end of the sea­son.

Ahead of the clash with Pom­pey, Stacey, 20, had made 19 ap­pear­ances for the League Two side since ar­riv­ing in Au­gust, even fill­ing in at right-back on some oc­ca­sions.

And he is also prov­ing some­what of a lucky charm for Tis­dale with the Gre­cians win­ning seven of the last eight matches that Stacey had fea­tured in be­fore this week­end.

Stacey said: “I’m re­ally happy to stay here for the rest of the sea­son.

“Get­ting used to a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion in a dif­fer­ent league takes some time but the coaches here have worked me re­ally well.

“We’ve got a great squad of de­fend­ers, and it’s re­ally start­ing to show now.”

TAL­ENT: Ol­lie Watkins

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