hetherington wants cup win as veteran sinfield targets 20th seasonBack
Leeds Rhinos’ chief executive Gary Hetherington says the current golden generation of Leeds players deserves to add the Challenge Cup to its honours.
He told the YEP that while the upcoming final against Castleford Tigers won’t be Leeds’ last chance to win the trophy, a victory this year would be the perfect way to round off the club’s most successful decade.
“We have got a group of players who have got a real collection of medals, but a Cup winner’s medal is the one that has eluded them,” he said. “They deserve it for what they have achieved over the last decade and for how they will be remembered.”
None would deserve it more than captain Kevin Sinfield, who in a lengthy interview with the YEP has spoken for the first time about the end of his career – and how it’s still some way off.
“In an ideal world I would love to do another two years,” he said. That would Sinfield a twenty-season player for Leeds: he made his debut in August 1997, after signing for the club in August 1994.
The 34 year old, who was made captain in 2002, also spoke about the influence playing for Leeds has had on him as a person.
“Because I am not from Leeds people think the club does not mean as much as to people who were born and bred there,” he said. “But I have been there a long, long time and they are responsible for what I am.”