NAT BROWN today signed a two-year extension to his Town contract.
The versatile 22-year-old, who has been playing up front since Andy Booth was injured at home to Bury in December, has agreed terms to the summer of 2006.
By then, the Sheffield-born player will have spent eight years on the McAlpine books.
Manager Peter Jackson is delighted to have secured another of his younger players - one he believes will continue to improve.
"Nat has come into the team and done extremely well," said Jackson, who will watch the Reserves against Preston at Bamber Bridge tonight (7.00).
"He was patient for the first couple of months this season when he couldn't get a place in the starting line-up, but since stepping in he has proved a valuable asset to the team.
"Nat did very well at right wing-back, he played wide on the right and, last season, I know he played well at centre-back, so he has got a lot of strings to his bow.
"I've been very pleased with how he's performed up front, putting himself about and working really hard, and all that's missing is that first goal to get him off and running.
"His workrate on the pitch shows exactly how much hard graft he has put in on the training ground, and I have no doubts he will continue to improve.
"He has got an improved deal for the rest of this season and the next two and that's a recognition of his efforts."
Brown is the eighth of the current squad to receive an extended contract under Jackson following Phil Senior, Andy Holdsworth, Anthony Lloyd, David Mirfin, Jon Worthington, Danny Schofield and Nathan Clarke.
Voted Player of the Month for January by the Blue and White Foundation, Brown said:
"The manager took me on one side earlier in the season and talked to me about how he wanted me to play, and I've taken his advice on board as much as I can.
"As long as the gaffer and Taff see us working hard and giving 100% they will give us credit, and this is a nice confidence booster.
"It was great to get the award from the members of the Blue and White Foundation and all I need now is a goal to boost my confidence even further."
Brown added: "I've learned from the likes of Andy Booth and Jon Stead about playing up front and I know I can do the job.
"I'm going to keep working hard for that first goal and, like all the other lads, I'm going to give it everything on Saturday at Torquay so that we can bounce back from the Darlington result.
"That was just a blip and we want to get straight onto another winning run as soon as we can."