George Lawler has pledged his future to Hull KR by signing a new four-year deal with the club.
The 20 year-old, who signed his first professional contract with Rovers last October, has played in all the Robins’ Super League games this season, and has filled in at hooker in the absence of Jon Boudebza and Shaun Lunt.
Loose forward Lawler is currently the joint-top tackler in the League and has been impressive covering at number nine.
Hull KR head of rugby Jamie Peacock told the club’s website: “George is a very popular member of the squad, level-headed and eager to learn, so we are delighted that he sees at least the next four years of his career here at Hull Kingston Rovers.
“If this club is to develop and progress to where we want it to be, then it’s vital we bring through more home-grown players and build the team around talented local guys like George.
“He’s shown this season that he has the ability and skill-set to play at hooker but he’s also very effective in the back row. He still has a long way to go and there’s plenty of development left in him, but he trains hard and wants to improve.
“He epitomises the attitude and work ethic that we want at this club and we see him having a big future in the game, especially here at Hull KR.”
Lawler added: “It’s been a brilliant last 12 months and I couldn’t be happier with how everything has gone. To sign a new four-year deal is a dream come true and wasn’t something I expected so early in the year.”