LEEDS' Old Trafford hero Josh Walters says the Super League champions' Grand Final triumph over Wigan will count for nothing when they meet in a rematch at the DW Stadium tomorrow night.
The 21-year-old back-row forward was a surprise selection in October but came up with the match-winning try that secured a seventh Super League title for the Rhinos and completed a rare domestic treble.
Five months on, Leeds go into the 2016 round-five fixture with just one win behind them, courtesy of last Friday's close-fought success over Huddersfield, and Walters knows they will be the underdogs against a Warriors team boasting one of only two 100 per cent records in the league.
"There's been a lot of casting our minds back to the Grand Final but we are under no illusions that it's going to be tough to go there, they're a really strong side," Walters said.
"After getting our first win (over Huddersfield), we've got a lot of positive things to work on.
"But we've got to forget about last year, move on, get our heads down and concentrate on this game. There are a lot of different players and, in a way, we've got to earn the right to talk about what we did last year."
Walters, one of nine members of the team that won 22-20 at Old Trafford, did not break into Brian McDermott's team until May last season but will be making his fourth successive appearance on Friday due to a glut of early-season injuries, although Wigan coach Shaun Wane is not reading too much into the Rhinos' woes.
"There are too many good players at Leeds," he said. "I'm not falling into the trap of looking at their form or league position.
"They've got injuries but so has every Super League team.
"Leeds are a fantastic team, what they did last year was unbelievable and I've every respect for them."
England captain Sean O'Loughlin sat out Wigan's nail-biting win at Hull but will be one of 11 Grand Final survivors as they seek their revenge and a preservation of an unbeaten home record against Super League opposition stretching back to June 2014.
"I'm very happy with where we're at," Wane said. "We're finding a way to win these games.
"We are making hard work of some of them which is uncomfortable for me but we're still finding a way to win and that's the positive. To go four from four not playing well and not having the players together that much shows that the team have a good winning mentality."
Wane is set to switch Dan Sarginson to full-back in place of Lewis Tierney, with Oliver Gildart taking over at centre, and skipper Sean O'Loughlin is back from injury.
Leeds are expected to give a debut to Australian hooker Beau Falloon while veteran back-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan makes his comeback from an eight-month injury lay-off and prop Mitch Garbutt returns from a two-match ban. However, centre Joel Moon and second-rower Brett Delaney are out with hamstring injuries.