London Broncos have confirmed that academy and scholarship graduate Sadiq Adebiyi has signed a two-year deal.
He will link up with the first team squad in 2017.
The 19-year-old prop currently captains the academy team at Broncos, and has featured for the first team this season too.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the first team as of next year – obviously, that’s the dream when you’ve come through both the scholarship and academy teams. That’s the end goal,” he said.
“Representing London is something I’m incredibly proud of, and I certainly don’t take it for granted.
“It has taken a lot of hard work to get here, but I’ve enjoyed it every step of the way. I can’t wait to pull on the jersey and join the boys in pre-season, but I’m also looking forward to seeing out the remainder of 2016 with a great bunch of academy lads.
“I’m pretty happy right now.”
London head coach Andrew Henderson is delighted that local talent is coming through the Broncos academy ranks.
“It’s fantastic that ‘Sid’ will remain with us for the next two years,” he said.
“He’s a London player through and through – he has been with us since he was 15 – and that’s something you can’t put a value on.
“I know Langers [academy head coach, Jamie Langley] has been very impressed with his leadership and the performances he has put in this year both in the academy and when he has spent time on dual reg in League 1.
“He’s a reliable and very capable player and Sid demonstrated this last season when he was rewarded with his first team debut.
“It shows the success of the youth programs the club runs, and that there really is a pathway for young rugby league players in London.
“Sid should be incredibly proud of himself and his achievements thus far. We are looking forward to seeing him develop further in the first team environment and excited to see what he can do in 2017.”
London head of youth Rob Powell was also pleased to see the player’s rise.
“It’s great to see Sid get a contract. It’s a testament to his hard work over the years,” he said.
“It provides inspiration for the players within the academy and will be pleasing for everybody who has impacted on Sid’s development to this point.”