Newcastle Falcons outside half Rob Miller has extended his stay at Kingston Park by another year.
The 18-year-old scooped man-of-the-match honours in scoring a try on his Guinness Premiership debut last month, on the same weekend that his England Under-20s side claimed its first ever Grand Slam.
In a remarkable season the Cumbrian youngster was also Tynedale's top try-scorer as they romped to promotion in to National Division Two, with Newcastle's acting director of rugby Steve Bates saying: "Rob is an exceptional talent.
"He has continued the tradition of fly halves coming through the Falcons academy, and has already made his mark with the first team in scoring a try on his debut.
"With the England EPS situation next season there is a strong chance that we will see a lot more of Rob on the Guinness Premiership stage, in what we hope will be the start of a long and successful career for him."
Miller, a student at Northumbria University, became the fourth youngest ever debutant for the Falcons when he started the Guinness Premiership clash against Bristol on March 15 of this year.
He joins a long line of homegrown fly halves including Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood, with the Falcons academy also currently having England Under-18s Grand Slam fly halves Rory Clegg and Tom Catterick among its ranks.
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.