Leeds United have rewarded Zac Thompson for his impressive start to his career with the club with a new contract.
The 18-year-old joined Leeds' scholarship scheme from Everton in January and has been handed a new contract until 2013.
He made his senior debut against Middlesbrough in August and his first start the week after.
Manager Simon Grayson told the club website: "Zac has made an impression since he's been here."
He continued: "He had a good pre-season, he got himself involved in 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."
Thompson is one of three youngsters to have impressed for Leeds this season, with Charlie Taylor and Tom Lees both appearing in the first team.
"We like what we've seen with a number of the younger players," Grayson added.
"They've grasped their opportunities and they've done well. Young players are always the future of your club and we're pleased to have some youngsters here who are ready to step up and take their chances.
"If I believe young players deserve an opportunity I will give them one."