Brave youngster Clayton Dwyer - who has cystic fibrosis - was given an early Christmas present when he met his sporting heroes.
The rugby-mad six-year-old was given a tour of his favourite club Castleford Tigers’ Wheldon Road stadium last Monday and met some of the squad.
The Allerton Bywater youngster started playing rugby last year when he signed for Kippax Juniors but was forced to give up the sport because of his illness. His dad Simon D wyer, of Grange Park Drive, said: “Clayton absolutely loved meeting all the players and getting to see the ground.
“I think he was a bit shy at first but the players were brilliant with him and he really enjoyed it.”
The Lady Elizabeth Hastings CE Primary School pupil was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was only three weeks old.
He has regular treatment for the condition which causes the lungs and digestive system to become clogged with mucus.
Mr Dwyer, 41, said: “It is treatable but not curable and when he gets ill, such as when he gets a cold, it really affects him.
“But he is absolutely sports mad and he was devastated when he had to stop playing rugby.
“The doctors said he couldn’t do any contact sport because of the chest port he is fitted with, but he still plays football for Methley United under-7s and he loves it.”
As well as meeting Tigers’ first-team players, he was also given a behind-the-scenes tour and met club mascot JT.
Mr Dwyer added: “We’re all big Cas fans and Clayton, in particular, absolutely loves going to the games.
“It really was a dream day for him.”