Young full-back Jack Welsby has agreed a new four-year deal with St Helens that includes an option for the club to extend his stay by a further year.
The 18-year-old caught the eye in 2019 with a series of stand-out performances after having developed through Saints’ academy system.
Welsby has typically featured at full-back for the club but can also slot in at centre.
He said: “I am made up. Finding out that I had been given a new contract is exactly what I wanted heading into the new season. It’s a great lift for myself.
“I have been at the club for a long time now and I have only ever seen myself playing here. The way it is going so far, I have loved every minute of everything I have done so I am really happy.
“I just want to keep working hard now and get a good pre-season under my belt, challenge people in my positions and push everyone to be the best and that is how we will get the best out of the team and get the best results we can.”
Head Coach Kristian Woolf said: “I am delighted Jack has signed an extension to his current deal. Jack is a tremendous talent and proved last season with a string of impressive performances that he is a Super League player.
“In the short time I have been with him I can see his potential and the enthusiasm Jack has to learn and develop his game. He knows he has a lot of hard work in front of him, but he will be learning from the best with the likes of Lachlan Coote and Jonny Lomax in and around him.
“He has a fantastic future in the game and we are delighted that future will be with us here at St.Helens.”
Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “It’s great that Jack has extended his deal with us. He’s already shown himself to be a prodigious talent, even at such a young age.
“He’s a mature and professional head on young shoulders and is already seriously pushing more established players in a very strong Saints squad for their positions. It’s difficult not to see him representing England in the future.”