Bradman Best has committed to Newcastle Knights until at least the end of 2024.
The 19-year-old centre has scored nine tries in 14 appearances for the Knights since making his first team debut in 2019.
Best said: “I’m really happy to secure my future and am proud to be Knight until 2024.
“I love this club. So does my family, with both Newcastle and the Central Coast being a home for us.
“We are just over the moon and now I can’t wait to get out on McDonald Jones Stadium in front of big crowds again.”
Best could represent Wales at this year’s World Cup as he qualifies to play for them via the family heritage rule.
Wales coach John Kear said: “Our manager is speaking to Bradman every fortnight – it’s Bradman’s mum he is speaking with most of the time and she is very keen for Bradman to play and he obviously is.
“If he has a stellar season, like he had last year, he might be wearing green and gold (of Australia).
“So I’m hoping he doesn’t play quite well enough to get a green and gold shirt because he’ll certainly be welcome in a red shirt of Wales.”