The Parramatta Eels have re-signed five-eighth Ryan Matterson for an additional three seasons.
The deal will see the 19-year-old under 20s captain stay with the club until at least the end of the 2017 season.
“One of our club’s key strategic aims is to retain top talent and to build the best junior pathway in the NRL,” said Eels chief executive Scott Seward.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates that commitment because we have seen Ryan successfully progress through our development program over the past few years, and securing him on a long-term deal is a great boost for the club.”
In 2014, Matterson was selected into the NSW Blues under 20s side, and has also played in several NSW Cup games for the Eels' feeder club, the Wentworthville Magpies.
“It means the world to stay here; I’ve always grown up around the Parramatta area and seen the players out and about, and they’ve given me an aspiration to follow in their footsteps,” Matterson said.
“Brad [Arthur]’s a really good coach, he brings out the best in everyone and there’s a really positive vibe around the club, and that’s what I’m looking forward to for the next three years.”