He might only be 21, but he is already an integral part of the Hull FC side – with winger Tom Lineham rewarded for his good form including a recent hat-trick in demolition of Castleford, agreeing to a 4-year contract extension until the end of 2017.
Lineham, who is also familiar with soccer and rugby union as a player, only joined Hull FC during the middle of last season from the York City Knights, with the 21-year old excited to have his long-term future settled at the club.
â€œIâ€™m very pleased to be offered a new contract and I can just focus on improving as much as possible now,” said Lineham.
â€œIâ€™ve enjoyed my time here so far, itâ€™s gone really quickly but Hull are an ambitious club with a very ambitious owner and good management and staff.
â€œThe fans are very passionate too so itâ€™s the place I wanted to stay and a club I wanted to commit my future to. I didnâ€™t think twice about moving on, I just wanted to stay here and Iâ€™m looking forward to the next four years.â€
With many years of playing footy still ahead of him, Hull FC coach Peter Gentle is also excited that the club managed to retain another exciting talent.
â€œThere is no doubting Tomâ€™s obvious talent and he has done tremendously to get to this point, mainly through his work ethic and application, which is second to none,” said Gentle.
â€œHe has a lot to learn and understand if he is to maximise his potential but we believe he can do that given time and thatâ€™s why we have offered him a long-term deal.
â€œHe is powerful, very fast and very strong, whilst heâ€™s also very good under the high ball too.
â€œTom is just one of a handful of very exciting young players that we have at the club, particularly in our outside backs alongside the likes of Joe Arundel (21) and Ben Crooks (19).
â€œWe have them all on long-term contracts and with continued hard work and development they have the opportunity to become a foundation of our side for years to come.â€