SYDNEY Roosters hooker Jake Friend has agreed to a three-year extension to remain with the NRL club until the end of 2015.
Friend was awarded the club's highest individual honour, the Jack Gibson Medal, after a 2011 season of consistent performances.
The 21-year-old has already played 69 first-grade games and expressed his delight at extending his contract.
"I love this club. I have made some great mates here and I'm excited to extend my stay at the Roosters and continue to grow with this group of guys," Friend said in a statement yesterday.
The Queenslander joined the Roosters on a scholarship when he was 15. In the 2008 season he progressed from SG Ball to Toyota Cup to the NRL in just four months.
"We see Jake Friend as integral to our future," Roosters coach Brian Smith said.
"Jake has worked tirelessly to develop himself on and off the footy field, and he's to be commended for that."
Friend joins fellow young Roosters players Mitchell Pearce, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Martin Kennedy, Tom Symonds and Mitchell Aubusson on long-term contracts.