Hibernian starlet David Wotherspoon has signed a new deal at Easter Road.
The 19-year-old has established himself as a regular in the side this season under John Hughes.
Hibs have moved to reward Wotherspoon's progress with a two-year contract extension to keep him in Edinburgh until 2013.
The Scotland Under 21 international was delighted to pledge his long-term future to the club.
"I am delighted to commit myself for the next three and a half years to Hibernian," Wotherspoon told the club's official website.
"The club has given me a great opportunity and I love it here.
"The gaffer has a real vision of where he wants to go and I aim to be part of it.
"It's an exciting club to be at just now, so I'll just keep working as hard as I can to keep playing first-team football."
Hughes was happy to tie down the defender to a new deal.
"This is brilliant news for the club and I am personally delighted for David," said Hughes.
"Although he has just broken into the first team this season, he has been one of our most consistent performers.
"This contract extension is just reward for the progress he has made and his attitude to hard work - he really is a model professional who has all the attributes to go far in the game.
"This club provides a fantastic environment to develop young professionals, and it's great to see players like David coming through to ensure that we continue to build a squad to compete at the highest level."