Newcastle United have handed promising goalkeeper Fraser Forster a contract extension that will keep him at St James' Park until 2010.
Forster, 20, has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Magpies, but has been a regular for the reserves during the current campaign and manager Kevin Keegan believes the Hexham-born keeper has a bright future ahead of him.
"Fraser has come on leaps and bounds and could become an outstanding goalkeeper," he told the club's official website.
"He has worked extremely hard and I was very keen to get him under contract.
"We will look for him to continue his development here and there is no reason why he can't go on to represent his country at under-21 level."
Forster himself added: "I've worked hard at my game over the past couple of years and I definitely feel an improvement.
"It's nice to hear other people say that I'm the club's most improved player, but I know there's still plenty of work to be done and I'm looking forward to doing that with the people at this club."