Derby County forward Mason Bennett has signed a new long-term contract with the club.

Bennett, who recently turned 18, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the Rams until the summer of 2018.

The academy product becomes the sixth player to commit his future to the club since the end of June, following in the footsteps of Jeff Hendrick, Craig Forsyth, Will Hughes, Jake Buxton and Craig Bryson.

"Mason Bennett is an exciting young talent and we're pleased to announce that he has signed a new contract," Derby head coach Steve McClaren told the club's official website.

"He is one of a number of players that our academy has produced in recent years and he has a lot of potential to work with and develop."

Bennett became Derby's youngest-ever player at the age of 15 years and 99 days in October 2011, and he has gone on to make 32 first-team appearances for the club.

Last season he had a loan spell with lower league neighbours Chesterfield, and it is anticipated that the Rams will explore the possibility of another spell away from the iPro Stadium to build up his first-team experience.

McClaren added: "Mason had a brief loan spell at Chesterfield last season and we'll see if we can do something similar this year, which will be another important part of his development."