Leeds United have handed young defender Zac Thompson a new contract at Elland Road.
The former Everton schoolboy signed a six-month deal with the Whites in January after impressing on trial, and his efforts have been rewarded with a new two-year contract at the club.
His progression went further this term, with Thompson breaking into Simon Grayson's first team, and the Leeds United boss is delighted to tie the player down to a longer deal with the club.
"Zac has made an impression since he's been here," he told the official Leeds United website.
"He had a good pre-season, he got himself involved on merit, and not only did he play a part, he impressed in what he did and how he went about things.
"Unfortunately, we lost him with an ankle injury at a time when he was in and around things, but hopefully he shouldn't be too far away from stepping things up again."
18-year-old Thompson is one of a handful of youngsters working his way through the ranks, with Tom Lees and Charlie Taylor also getting first-team chances in the Npower Championship this season.
"We like what we've seen with a number of the younger players. They've grasped their opportunities and they've done well," the Leeds boss continued.
"Young players are always the future of your club and we're pleased to have some youngsters here at Leeds United who are ready to step up and take their chances. If I believe young players deserve an opportunity I will give them one."