A YOUNG rugby player is in hospital after serious surgery.
But rising star Jack Sharp had a boost to his recovery.
He met two of his heroes from the Leeds Rhinos while recovering from an operation in hospital.
Jack, eight, who plays for Slaithwaite Saracens with his twin Kyle, underwent bowel surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.
To help boost his recovery, staff on the ward organised a visit by the Rhinos' mascot, Ronnie, and some of the players.
Jack's parents Graham and Sharon, of Cowlersley, were delighted with the gesture.
Graham said: " Jack will have to have another two operations but he hopes he will be able to get back to playing rugby soon.
"Jack's not one to show how he's feeling too often but I know he was thrilled to meet the Rhinos.
"He really has given Sharon and I the strength to carry on over these past few weeks and he has not let any of this get him down."
Peter Todd of Leeds Rhinos said: " We were more than delighted to be able to go along to the Infirmary and visit Jack."