Roy Keane has handed Sunderland starlet Martyn Waghorn a new two-and-a-half-year deal - and says it is essential to reward players when they do well.
Waghorn, 18, has made just a handful of appearances for the club since making his debut on Boxing Day, and recently represented the club's Under 18s at the FA Youth Cup.
And with the youngster having impressed on and off the pitch, Keane was delighted to agree the contract.
"We have to reward the players when they do well," he told The Shields Gazette.
"Martyn has been back training with us this week after going back to the youth team for the cup game.
"That can be a test of character in itself, but his attitude has been spot on.
"He seems a good kid from a decent family and the fact he's signed a new contract is great for us and for him.
"You have got to look after people, and Martyn's not the only one to have signed a deal. Whether it's a first-team player or one of the kids, you have to be fair to them and look after them."
Trio sign onJordan Henderson, Nathan Luscombe and Jordan Cook have also agreed professional deals at the club.
"We're always monitoring the young lads," added Keane.
"They deserve praise when they do well, but we don't want any young players getting carried away."