Wigan winger Liam Marshall has signed a new four-year contract with the club.
The 21-year-old was playing part-time rugby league with Swinton two years ago but has impressed since being offered his chance in Super League four games into last season.
Marshall, who came through Wigan’s successful academy system, scored four tries in his second appearance against Warrington and has taken his tally to 30 in just 27 Super League appearances.
Wigan executive director Kris Radlinski said: “Liam has been on quite a journey to get to this point and his story is a glowing testament to the Wigan reserves team, without whom we would probably have lost him.
“Undoubtedly a talented rugby league player, Liam has excelled since debuting for the first team. Already one of the best strike players in Super League, he continues to improve on a weekly basis.”
Marshall said: “It is a massive honour to sign a contract extension with my hometown club.
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“The past 12 months have been a whirlwind for me and I couldn’t have dreamed of it going as well as it has done.
“In 2016 I was out on a limb with not being signed full-time at Wigan and, without the year I spent at Swinton and playing for the reserves, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.
“In the short time I have been in the first team I have played at Wembley and also got the chance to travel over to Australia and play in the historical game in Wollongong, which was an amazing experience.
“I now want to go on to have further success at Wigan and win trophies.”