LEEDS Rhinos have received a big boost ahead of Sunday's trip to the Giants with the news rising star Richard Mathers has agreed a new two-year contract.
Mathers, who has made 35 appearances since making his debut in 2002, was due to be out of contract at the end of the season.
But the Rhinos have now secured the 20-year-old former England Academy until the end of 2006.
"There was never any question that I wanted to stay at Leeds," he said.
"I'm a Leeds lad, as are most of the team, and I want to be part of this team for a long time to come.
"It's nice to have got it out of the way so I can now concentrate on the rest of the season and then the play-offs.
Of the Rhinos 29-man Super League squad, 17 are a product of the Rhinos Academy, and that had a big influence on Mathers.
"There is a great spirit amongst all the lads, a lot of us have come up through the Academy," he added.