LONDON - Rising West Bromwich Albion star Saido Berahino has signed a new contract that commits him to the Premier League club until 2017.
The 20-year-old, who has made his name with six goals in 10 matches for Albion this season, including a winner at Manchester United, has also scored six goals in four games for the England Under-21s.
Berahino has been with the Baggies since the age of 11 and technical director Richard Garlick said it had always been the club's intention to acknowledge the strides the striker had made in recent months.
"To be able to reward one of our proteges, who has worked his way up through the ranks from the age of 11, is a great moment for the club," Garlick said.
"It's a fantastic story for us and especially for our hard-working academy staff, who have played a fundamental role in his development over the years.
"We hope this is the start of that process as we feel we have a number of other young, exciting players coming through."
However, Garlick warned Berahino not to get carried away.
"It's difficult for any 20-year-old to get into a Premier League side and there are going to be times when Saido may not be playing as much as he would like to," he said.