Ireland Under-21 defender Dara O'Shea has signed a new three-and-half year deal with West Bromwich Albion.
Baggies manager Slaven Billic has included the Dubliner in 15 match-day squads in the Championship this season as the club push for promotion to the Premier League.
The 20-year-old has made one league appearance in 2019-20, coming on as a 49th minute substitute against Brentford on 21 December.
However, he played the full 90 minutes in West Brom's FA Cup third round and Carabao Cup first round fixtures against Charlton and Millwall respectively.
Bilic, who rates O'Shea highly, said he is counting on the player for the present and future.
"I'm smiling as it’s a boost for us," the former West Ham and Croatia manager and player told the club website.
"I rate him highly. Dara is definitely the future but not only that he is the present too - I count on him a lot.
"It's brilliant for us that he’s committed himself to us but it’s also great for him because I can’t see any better place for him than West Brom."
At international level, O'Shea has featured regularly for Stephen Kenny's Ireland Under-21s, captaining the side in Euro Under-21 qualifier away in Armenia last November, although he was sent off in the 1-0 win.