Reading youngster Alex McCarthy has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2011.
The 19-year-old keeper is currently third-choice shot-stopper at the Madejski Stadium, behind Adam Federici and Ben Hamer, but is highly-regarded by the Berkshire club.
The Royals have agreed to loan him out to Yeovil until the turn of the year, providing him with an opportunity to push for regular first-team football.
Whether he returns to Reading at that stage, or extends his time with the Glovers, remains to be seen, but the Championship outfit are delighted to have tied him down on new terms.
Director of football Nick Hammond said: "We are delighted Alex has committed to us with this new contract because he is a talented young goalkeeper with terrific potential.
"He is continuing his development out on loan at the moment and he is a player we have high hopes for."
McCarthy said: "This is massive for me. I love being here and I am very happy to sign this new extension.
"I'm getting more league experience at Yeovil which is great but I would like to come back here next season and try to push for the number one spot."