JUNIOR Kangaroos representative Kyle Feldt will continue his growth as a rugby league player with the North Queensland Cowboys after extending his contract with the club until the end of the 2014 season.
The extension means Feldt, who is one of the best backline talents in the Toyota Cup competition, will step up to the Cowboys' full-time NRL squad from 2013.
The 19-year-old, who attended Ignatius Park College in Townsville, joined the Cowboys from the nearby Norths Devils juniors and has gone on to become the all-time leading points scorer in the NYC under-20s despite only playing just two seasons.
He remains eligible for the Toyota Cup in 2012.
In the Cowboys' 2011 grand final season, he finished with 230 points from 14 tries and 87 goals and had a North Queensland record 26 points, including four tries, in the victory against Newcastle.
Feldt was named in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year for 2011 and then gained his first call-up to the Junior Kangaroos for their match against the Junior Kiwis in Newcastle.
Cowboys general manager - football, Peter Parr, said signing outstanding North Queensland talent such as Feldt was a priority for the Cowboys.
"Kyle has distinguished himself in his first two seasons in the Toyota Cup, culminating with his selection in the Junior Kangaroos," Parr said.
"We think that he will be an NRL player not too far down the track.
"Although he's not even 20, he's managed to gain plenty of experience and continues to work hard with our coaching and training staff on developing his game."
Feldt, and the rest of the Cowboys' under-20s who played in the grand final against the Warriors and are again part of the NYC squad in 2012, returned to training under new coach Todd Wilson on Monday.