Preston North End have handed professional contracts to academy pair Matt Hudson and Clive Smith
The pair are both second-year scholars at Deepdale and have featured in the first-team squad this season.
They’ve signed 18-month deals with the option for another year.
Goalkeeper Hudson made his debut last month in the Championship game against Leeds at Elland Road, coming on as a substitute in the first half after Jordan Pickford had been sent-off.
Smith, who operates at right-back, was on the bench for the matches against Bournemouth and Cardiff earlier in the campaign.
North End manager Simon Grayson said: “Clive has been with us since the summer and was around the pre-season games.
“He has been on the bench a few times and he has got a future.
“Clive is a good kid – willing to learn, has good energy and we are delighted to give him his first contract.
“Matt is another who had deserved a contract.
“He has also been on the bench, came on for his debut against Leeds and performed admirably. He has a bright future in the game.
“We are delighted they have committed their futures to the club and it shows there is a pathway available for the younger players.”
North End have also activated a 12-month extension to the contract of Ben Davies.
The young defender was loaned to Newport County last week to get first-team experience.
His current contract was due to run out at the end of the season but he is now contracted until June 2017.