Newcastle Falcons have handed England Under-18 international Joe Robinson a full-time contract, although terms remain undisclosed.
The 18-year-old forward, who can play anywhere across the back five, joins Falcons from Kendal, after completing A-levels at Sedbergh School.
"Joe has a high work-rate and real athletic potential," said assistant academy coach Mark Laycock.
"We are confident that he will make the transition into senior rugby."
Laycock added: "He is someone who has been on our radar since he was 15 and has improved a lot over the past 12 months."