Young Hull forward Liam Kent has signed a new two-year deal at the KC Stadium.
Kent, 22, is a graduate of the club’s academy and made his Super League debut off the bench against Bradford at the end of March, going on to make a further three appearances so far this term.
His only previous first team experience had come in a Challenge Cup tie against Oldham in 2011, but the youngster has been working hard on the first team fringe for a while, successfully converting from a back-rower to a mobile prop forward.
Head Coach Peter Gentle, currently away from the club on compassionate leave, said: “Liam has worked tremendously hard over the last few months and is looking to make significant strides in his game.
“He had a chance whilst we had a few bodies missing and he has taken it with both arms and given us enough of an indication to suggest he is a player we can develop and nurture.
“On and off the field, he is the kind of player we want around the club and he deserves a new contract.”
Kent joined the club as a youngster from West Hull, and first signed professional terms in 2009.
He said: “I’m really happy to have agreed a new deal with the club and I feel this gives me a chance to now settle down and focus on earning myself a regular spot in the side.”