Wigan youngster Sam Tomkins has signed an extended contract at the JJB Stadium until the end of 2014.
Tomkins, 20, currently had two years left on his contract but the Warriors have moved to secure his services for a further three years meaning he is now committed to the Wigan Club for the next five years.
Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “I am delighted that we have agreed terms with Sam Tomkins until 2014. He is a wonderfully gifted young player who has progressed through our Academy and Reserve side over the past couple of seasons and has now become a regular member of our first team squad.
“We have been working on the deal with Sam for the last six weeks and we look forward now to the next five years with Sam in the Wigan team.
“Sam Tomkins is the first obvious example of the wealth of talent coming through the Wigan Scholarship and Academy system, in which we are investing heavily, and which is key to the future success of Wigan Warriors in Super League.”
Head Coach Brian Noble said: “Sam is a really talented played with a magnificent attitude. I have been really pleased with his form in 2009. If he continues to progress in the manner he has shown so far I am sure he will be a key player for Wigan for many years to come.”
A former Wigan St Patricks amateur, Tomkins has scored eight tries in 15 appearances so far this season.
He said: “I am really pleased to have agreed an extended contract. I am a local lad and for me to play for my hometown Club is something very special. The Wigan supporters have always been fantastic and I feel I am learning all the time with experienced players around me.”