Joe Wardle has committed his long-term future to Huddersfield Giants after signing a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2017.
The 21-year-old centre has made 57 appearances for the Giants. scoring 30 tries for current Super League leaders.
Head coach Paul Anderson is delighted with the new deal, with Wardle a key figure in his long-term plans.
"We are pleased to recruit Joe on a long-term deal at the Giants," Anderson told reporters. "He has matured as a player since his arrival at the club and, as he is only 21, I believe that his best years are still ahead of him."
Wardle stated his desire keep improving and aims to help bring success to the Giants.
"I am pleased to have signed a new deal. The way the club has progressed over the past few years and the way it continues to progress, wanting to win things, it would be stupid to want to be anywhere else," explained Wardle.
"I am sure that my best years are ahead of me. I will continue to try my best and improve and hopefully i will continue to play because of that."
Wardle has gone from strength to strength since his arrival at the Galpharm Stadium in 2011 after making the switch from Bradford Bulls.
Huddersfield Giants find themselves top of the Super League table with 34 points after their victory over Castleford on on Sunday, and will look to extend their point advantage over Wigan when they meet Salford on August 4.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://bit.ly/12evFlH