Super League side Castleford Tigers have given academy product Joe Arundel a full-time contract.
The 17-year-old three-quarter, who made his League debut against Huddersfield in August, has signed a two-year deal with the West Yorkshire side.
Chief executive Richard Wright said: "Joe has the physique and the talent to go all the way in the game.
"If he knuckles down this winter he could play several Super League games next year."
"We are planning to have a front line squad of 24 to 25 players next season and we are well down the track to completing that group.
"But on top of that we plan to have another four or five young players on full-time contracts."
Andy is a very promising young English coach who has worked well with Terry
Chief executive Richard Wright on assistant boss Andy Hay
Meanwhile assistant head coach Andy Hay has signed a one-year extension with the Tigers.
Wright added: "We are pleased to have secured Andy for another year.
"He is a very promising young English coach who has worked well with Terry [Matterson, head coach], and his retention gives us additional continuity."
Hay explained: "I have learnt a lot this year and am looking forward to taking on more responsibility.
"The squad for next year is looking strong and I am looking forward to the campaign and expecting us to be moving up the table."