Jack Bird has signed a contract extension through to the end of the 2017 NRL season, the Cronulla Sharks confirmed on Friday.
Bird will remain in Cronulla for at least another two seasons after winning the NRL Rookie of the Year in 2015, ending speculation of a possible departure.
The 20-year-old versatile playmaker made his top-grade debut in round four last year and went on to play 22 consecutive games.
"I always knew I was going to sign here, I just didn't know when," said Bird, who scored eight tries in 23 games.
"I'm pretty excited about the year ahead and happy to announce I'll be in the black, white and blue for the next two years."
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan added: "The members and fans might wonder why it all took so long, but I was always confident he was going to stay. It was just drawn out due to the details of the contract.
"He has a long career ahead of him and it started here so we look forward to having him around for a few more years.
"Young players like Val Holmes, Ricky Leutele and Sosaia Feki are the future of our club and it's great Jack will also be a part of it."