Mark Beevers has signed a new four-year contract with Sheffield Wednesday.
The Owls have tied down the highly-rated 18-year-old with an improved deal until 2012.
The defender has impressed since breaking into the first-team this season, and has cemented a place in the starting line-up in the past two months.
Speaking of his delight, Beevers said: "I've been wanting to sign for a few weeks, but now the opportunity has come around and I've taken it.
"I'm not going to have to move from home, I've got a good background here with all my friends and family, and that's why I'm delighted to sign up.
"I'm still only young and it's all happened pretty quick, which gives me confidence and it makes me feel that the manager has confidence in me."