Motherwell youngster Shaun Hutchinson has committed his future to the club by signing a two-year extension.
The 20-year-old is highly regarded by Well and he is now tied to the Fir Park outfit until the summer of 2014.
The Newcastle-born central defender was eager to put pen-to-paper as soon as the club's desire to extend his deal became apparent.
Hutchinson is enjoying working with manager Stuart McCall and feels he will continue to learn and develop with the SPL side.
"As soon as the club made it known they were keen to extend my contract I was delighted to sign," he told the club's official website.
"I am really enjoying my football and to have the security for another three years is brilliant. The second part of last season was going great; the only disappointment being the season had to end as I was ready for another half.
"I also really enjoy working with Stuart McCall. His training is excellent and he has all the players really bursting a gut for him. It's a great environment for any player, particularly one who is young and looking to develop their career."
Well chief executive Leeann Dempster commented: "This is a further demonstration of our commitment to producing and nurturing young talent at the club; we're absolutely delighted Shaun has agreed to extend his deal. Finding and keeping the best talent is critical to the future development of our football club.
"We have an overriding strategy here at Motherwell and this type of deal sits at the very core of it.
"There was interest in Shaun from some big clubs on both sides of the border but we have opted not to cash in on him at this point and under the stewardship of our excellent management team here at Fir Park, we know we can bring his game on even more.
"He has also shown real loyalty to the club and a desire to play and no praise is high enough as far as I am concerned."