Kevin Sinfield, the skipper of the rugby league club the Leeds Rhinos is all set to swicth codes this summer and join the Rugby Football Union Championship club the Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of this season.
The 34 year old, a former England skipper in the rugby league, has put pen to paper on an 18 month contract with Bryan Redpath’s side. Sinfield, who was made captain of the Leeds Rhinos in 2002 at just 22 years of age, hailed the time he had spent at the club but said that it was time to move on to a fresh challenge before he hung up his boots.
He said that his entire adult life has been spent at the Leeds Rhinos and he remains grateful for the support he has received from the club for the last two decades. He mentioned that leaving the Rhinos was one of the toughest decisions that he has had to take in his life but he believes now is the right time to finish his career in the rugby league and embark on a new challenge with the Yorkshire Carnegie.
According to Sinfield, he never wanted to play against the Rhinos and as for rugby union, he always had a healthy respect for the code and he believes that he will be able to excel in that code as well. He mentioned that he is extremely fortunate that such an opportunity exists for him as a professional and he wanted to grab it with both hands.
Born in Oldham, the standoff made his debut for the Super League club as a 16 year old in 1997 and led them to six Grand Final titles, a Challenge Cup as well as three World Club Challenge titles during his time there before joining the Yorkshire Carnegie.