JASON Cummings has agreed a new three-year contract with Hibernian that will keep him at Easter Road until the summer of 2017, the Leith club have confirmed.
The 18-year-old striker joined Hibs’ academy last summer and finished top scorer in the SPFL under-20 League with 22 goals while scoring twice for the first team.
Cummings is now aiming to take the next step in his career under new head coach Alan Stubbs.
“I love being here at Hibs, so extending my contract for another three years was an easy decision to make,” he told the club’s official website.
“The past 12 months have been unreal for me - I’ve gone from working as a gardener to playing in the first team of one of the biggest clubs in Scotland.
“The jump has been big, but I’m confident I can now build on the start I’ve made and really kick on during the upcoming season.
“I’ve still got plenty to learn and I believe the coaches here will help me to develop into becoming a better player.
“Hibs gave me a chance and I will always be grateful to the club for that and I know this is the right place for me to progress with my career.”
Stubbs believes Cummings is a player with a big future ahead of him.
He said: “We’re very pleased that Jason has signed a new deal - he is still very raw, but he is a young player with huge potential.
“He’s only been in full-time football for a year, but has already made an impact and, as long as he keeps learning, focusing and improving, he can go a long way and enjoy a good career.
“We are getting the right balance in the squad with a blend of youth and experience and for the younger lads this season will provide them with an opportunity to show everybody what they’re all about.
“Our supporters have already seen that Jason is a potential match winner and now it’s about helping him to develop into a top-level striker, who can consistently perform well and score goals.”