Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott tipped Knaresborough star Alex Foster for a “big future” after the 19-year-old signed a new three-year contract at the Super League giants.
Foster, 20, excelled in the Rhinos’ forward line at the end of last season after making his Super League debut against Widnes Vikings in July.
And the club have rewarded his fine efforts with a one-year contract extension, tieing him to the club till 2016.
The former King James’s pupil told the Knaresborough Post: “It was the icing on the cake to the season.
“I can’t see myself getting better rugby anywhere else.
“It’s really comfortable for me and a fantastic place to ply my trade.
“I want to keep working hard and improve as a player.
“I know I can do that at this club.”
Foster made eight appearances for the Rhinos last term and scored his first try against London Broncos.
He helped the Headingley-outfit into the Super League play-off semi-finals before they missed out on the Grand Final, losing 22-12 to Wigan Warriors.
McDermott added: “Alex did a great job for us last season and showed that he has a big future in Super League if he continues to work hard.”
Foster took the positives from his “incredible” first season and credited the squad despite the devastating play-off defeat.
He said: “It was a great season for the Rhinos. It was just unfortunate. The efforts really deserved more.
“I never imagined that I would be making my debut within this season, let alone playing such a big part.
“I was quite lucky with injuries that I got my chance but I thought I took my opportunity well.”