FABIO Jalo has made a ‘good decision’ by committing his future to Barnsley with a new contract, says head coach Neill Collins.

The 18-year-old forward signed a new deal with the Reds on New Year’s Eve, keeping him at the club until 2027 with an option for Barnsley to add another year. The Portugal under 19s star, who has been at Oakwell for four years, is one of the most highly-rated players to come through the academy in recent decades.

He has made 23 first team appearances, including coming off the bench in five of the last six league games, and has netted three cup goals but is yet to score or start in the league. Jalo had been of interest to Premier League clubs but has chosen to commit his future to the Reds, having initially been contracted until 2025. Head coach Collins told the Chronicle: “It’s really great the club has managed to secure someone they have invested a lot of time and energy in.

“He’s a huge talent and we have to support and guide him and try to get him opportunities, but also recognise that he is 18 and League One is difficult especially when you are tying to get out of it. Expectations are important to manage but I am pleased we’ve secured him because he’s got a bright future.