Huddersfield youngster Jake Wardle has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Giants until the end of 2020.
The 19-year-old made his debut against Widnes Vikings earlier this season and scored two tries in his only appearance for the first team to date.
Wardle is made up to have earned himself a new deal at the Giants.
He said: “I’m glad I’ve got another two years contracted with the club.
“I felt I owed them a bit for keeping me through all my injuries as they could have easily let me go having had two years out injured. I’d like to repay the club by signing on for another two years.
“It’s been massive for me being back playing rugby league, making my debut recently and being back playing with the academy has been amazing.
“I’ve managed to get a good relationship with Chris Thorman and Andy Kelly during my time here, they’ve massively influenced my career, I’m looking forward to the next two years and progressing. Now I want to be able to get into the first team as much as I can and hopefully cement my own place in the team.”
Giants head of youth Andy Kelly is pleased with the progress Wardle has made.
He said: “I think it’s a really good deal for both club and player.
“Jake has been with us from a very early age, the promise that he had alerted other clubs to him and we fought really hard when he was 16 to get him into our Academy.
“Jake invested his time into us and we’ve invested time into him, he’s had a difficult period in the academy where injuries have blighted his chances to play but we’ve seen very quickly this year his ability to play is still there and his outing with the first team was an exciting one.
“The club has done right to sign Jake up and if he can stay injury free and get consistency in appearances then I can just see bright things in the future for him.”