Leeds United have handed a first professional contract to academy prospect Tom Lees, who has overcome a long-term injury to earn the deal.
The 18-year-old has penned a deal which will keep him at Elland Road until 2011, delighting academy manager, Neil Thompson.
Thompson told the club's official website: "Tom's come through a lot this last year with the operation and the rehab.
"He's shown good character, persistence and discipline. He's been patient, and he's come back and played in the under-18s again.
"He was out for nine months or so, but he's a young player with plenty of potential and he has to kick on from here now."
Meanwhile, Leeds manager Simon Grayson has criticised some of of his players who have refused to go out on loan despite not featuring in his first-team plans.
He said: "Sometimes players don't fancy moving to other clubs even after I've told them they won't be playing.
"It annoys me and says something about them that they'd rather go shopping with their wives on Saturday afternoons or sit on their backsides than play football, but that kind of thing happens at all football clubs."