Melbourne Storm pivot Ben Hampton has agreed to stay on with the club for the next two seasons.
Hampton has been one of the club's best performers this year, having stood up in the absence of chief playmaker Cooper Cronk through injury and the Origin period.
The 22-year-old has been in high-demand despite only a handful of first grade games.
The Canberra Raiders were one of a number of teams keen on Hampton's services but he decided to remain in Melbourne.
Canberra believed to have Storm playmaker Ben Hampton in their sights.
The Raiders have struggled to attract players down to the nation's capital and have chopped and changed their halves for the majority of this year
Hampton joins backrower Tohu Harris, captain Cameron Smith and prop Jesse Bromwich who have also signed new deals
Read some of the Storm statement here
Hampton was promoted to Storm’s full time NRL squad in 2012, having come through the Club’s successful development program.
Hailing from Mareeba, North Queensland, the emerging five-eighth has represented Queensland at U15, U16 and U18s level captaining the junior Maroons in the inaugural U20s State of Origin in 2012.
Melbourne Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi said the Club was delighted to secure Hampton’s signature.
“We are really pleased Ben has re-committed to the Club,” Ponissi said.
“We rate Ben highly on and off the field. He can play a number of positions and brings a real spark to the team.
“The challenge for Ben, as with all of our talented young players, is to continue to work hard and improve each week at training and on game day.
“There are a key group of our emerging players who have come through the Storm system together and are now developing into very good NRL players; the Club’s future is in good hands.
“Retention is a key focus of any club and we are happy to add Ben to the list of Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Kevin Proctor, Tohu Harris, Marika Koroibete and Blake Green who have all re-signed or signed with Storm,” Ponissi said.