Young midfielder Brad Smith has signed a contract which will keep him at Dundee United until May 2018.
A statement on the club’s website said that the left-footer initially signed in July 2013 after seven years with the Academy.
United boss Mixu Paatelainen, said: “Brad is a young, promising midfielder with plenty of talent. He has performed consistently at a good level in development games and I feel he has a real opportunity to become a first team regular at Dundee United.”
Smith said: “It has been on my mind and this now releases the stress of worrying about my immediate future. I can really push forward now and express myself as a player and look to improve all aspects of my game.
“It is brilliant to sign this deal and I am delighted to have caught the head coach’s eye but I know that this is just the first goal achieved and it is now about improving with a view to securing a first team place ultimately.”