Jacob Greaves has “come on leaps and bounds” since spending last season on loan with Cheltenham Town, according to Hull City boss Grant McCann.
The 20-year-old academy graduate has been rewarded for his progress with a new three-year contract at the League One team.
He made 29 League Two starts for the Robins during 2019/20, helping them reach the League Two play-off semi-finals under McCann’s old Cheltenham and Northern Ireland colleague Michael Duff.
Since returning to his parent club in the summer, Greaves has made five senior appearances for the Tigers, helping keep three clean sheets.
Head coach McCann, who appeared on loan for the Robins from West Ham as a youngster before joining on a permanent basis, has been delighted with the left footer’s development.
“Jacob has come on leaps and bounds over the last 12 to 14 months,” McCann told the club’s official website.
“The loan to Cheltenham was great for him – the physical battles of League Two, the demands of it, and he played in a good footballing team.
“The experience of that has carried on since coming back to us and he has started the season really well.
“He’s been brilliant and has had three clean sheets in his last four games.
“He’s going to have ups and downs. There are going to be challenges but he’s growing and learning every day.
“We’re really pleased because he’s got a bright future.”
Greaves has been at Hull since the age of eight.
His dad Mark played for the club from 1996/2002 and was a regular at Whaddon Road last season to watch his son in action for the Robins.