Oldham have rewarded promising defender Neal Eardley with a contract extension following a bright start to the season.
The 18-year-old has signed a revised deal that binds him to Boundary Park until the end of the 2009/2010 season.
Eardley established himself as the club's first choice right-back last season, making 42 appearances in a campaign that concluded with Oldham making the League One play-offs.
The player, who has reportedly attracted attention from higher up the football pyramid, has since gone on to make his full international debut for Wales.
Oldham chief executive Alan Hardy believes the deal is right for both the player and club.
"Neal continues to show promise and is now a full Wales international, so it was only right that we tie him up for a longer period and safeguard our interests and the player's."