Nathan Delfouneso has signed a contract extension to keep him at Aston Villa until 2012.
The 18-year-old striker is regarded as an exciting prospect for the future and has already begun to make an impression on the first team, scoring twice in the Uefa Cup last season.
He had been tied to the Midlands club until the end of the current campaign but manager Martin O'Neill has now managed to secure his services on a longer deal.
O'Neill believes Delfouneso has all the attributes needed to be successful in the Premier League.
"I couldn't be more pleased. Nathan is a great talent and has real natural ability," said O'Neill.
"He is ready. He is pushing on very strongly now even though you consider he is still very young.
"He has everything going for him. If he keeps learning, he's got a really good chance.
"I wouldn't want to put a great deal of pressure on him but, in terms of natural talent and strength and ability to go past players, I think he's got it all. The rest is up to him."
Delfouneso celebrated his new deal by making a substitute appearance in the convincing 5-1 victory over Bolton on Saturday.
Speaking before the match, O'Neill added: "He is a great, great talent and I am absolutely delighted to have him here.
"He has been around the first team. I hope when he gets his opportunity - in the not too distant future - he can grab it.
"I have seen a few players in the past with great, great talent disappear at 21, 22 but I don't think that's in his nature.
"He really wants it and I think he has that determination about him. The football club will see the benefits in the next few years."