FRONTLINE prodigy John McAliskey has agreed a two-year contract with Town.

The 19-year-old from Golcar has burst on the promotion scene in spectacular style and will be gunning for Mansfield at the McAlpine on Saturday (3.00).

News of his two-year offer comes on the day defender John McCombe and midfielder Joe Walsh agreed 12-month terms with manager Peter Jackson.

"McAliskey thoroughly deserves a two-year contract and, hopefully, it will give him a big spur for these final two matches," said Jackson today.

"He has stepped up from the Academy to the Reserve team and now to the first team and he has done excellently.

"In every game he's played he's looked like scoring goals and he's made a great contribution in some very big games for this club.

"I'm very pleased for John because he's got a great attitude, he's a lovely lad and he's now got the opportunity to carry on working hard and to make the most of this deal."

McAliskey - who has been with the club since he was nine - scored on his first-team debut as a substitute in the 4-0 win against Macclesfield.

In the intervening 45 days he has made two more substitute appearances and three starts - scoring a winning double against Scunthorpe at the McAlpine, setting up the winner for Andy Booth at Northampton and giving Hull a massive fright in the goalless draw last Saturday.

"He has done ever so well and this contract is recognition of that," added the manager, who was fielding mostly an Academy line-up in today's Pontin's Holidays Premier Division closing fixture against rivals Barnsley at the McAlpine.

"I don't think any of us will ever forget those two goals he scored against Scunthorpe, but he has caused problems for every defence he's faced and he's learning all the time."

McCombe and Walsh are aiming to impress during the term of their first professional contracts.

"Big John is a strong centre-back who can blossom for the future," said Jackson.

"He made his debut at the same time as David Mirfin and he has definitely got a chance in the game.

"Joe Walsh has suffered with a few injury problems, but he is a midfield player we feel has got something about him and who deserves an extended chance."