The 19-year-old put pen to paper ten days ago on an extension to his current deal and admitted that the offer took him a little bit by surprise.
"I am happy to get it out of the way and get down to pre-season," he reflected. "I am delighted to sign again, but I had a couple of years left on my other one, so it came as a bit of a surprise when they offered me something.
"I love being part of this club and I think with all the changes that are coming along now it is a good opportunity for me and a lot of the young lads to try and impress and get more games than we did last season."
The Republic of Ireland under-21 international made his first team breakthrough in the final game of last season against Wolves and said the game - in which he set up Robbie Keane for our first goal - was a major boost for him.
"I was delighted with that, I worked hard for it and I want more now. This pre-season should be good and I'll hopefully get a few games - I'll just keep my fingers crossed and hope I do well."
Mark Yeates declared himself delighted to commit his future to the club with the signing of a new contract.