Craig Ronaldson has signed a two-year professional deal with Connacht Rugby.
Ronaldson made the move from Lansdowne RFC to Connacht during the summer after being named last season's AIL Division 1A Player of the Year and finishing as the Ulster Bank League's highest points scorer (206 points in 16 games).
He has played in all but one of Connacht's games this season.
"He has demonstrated through his performances in games and commitment in training that he has huge potential" - Pat Lam
Ronaldson said: "I'm absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to extend my stay at Connacht. I've enjoyed every minute of my time here since I arrived last summer and I've been made feel very welcome by everyone.
“I'm learning so much from this environment and am fortunate to be working closely with the likes of Dan (Parks) and Miah (Nikora) to improve my game.
"I'm really looking forward to developing further as a player with the help of Pat and the coaching staff in what is a really exciting period for us all at Connacht."
Head coach Pat Lam added: "Craig is a talented young Irish player who has earned his opportunity in the professional game.
"He has demonstrated through his performances in games and commitment in training that he has huge potential.
"Making the step up this year from the AIL and playing big games at both 10 and 12, Craig has shown that he has the appetite and ability to thrive in a professional environment.
"He is extremely hard-working and through his willingness to learn, I have no doubt that, here at Connacht, he will continue to develop his unquestionable talent and fulfil his potential."