SINFIELD WOULD CONSIDER US SWITCH

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has said that he would not rule out a switch to American football after his Rugby League career is over.

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has said that he would not rule out a switch to American football after his Rugby League career is over. Sinfield, who agreed a new four deal with the Rhinos last year to finish his career at Headingley Carnegie, is currently in Jacksonville, Florida preparing with the engage Super League Champions for the start of their defence of the title won last October at Old Trafford. The Rhinos will take on South Sydney Rabbitohs this Saturday at the University of North Florida in their final pre-season game. Sinfield is celebrating a testimonial with the Rhinos this season with an official launch dinner at Headingley Carnegie next Wednesday. As well as his successful playing career, Sinfield is also amongst a group of Rhinos players who are already building for the future by studying for a degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. However, having had the chance to train with an American football at the Jacksonville Jaguars during his trip he said he would not rule out a possible trans-Atlantic career in the future. Writing in his official Testimonial brochure, which will be released next week, Sinfield commented, "American Football is something I have thought about. I was able to kick an American football on our pre-season trip to Jacksonville at the Jaguars ground. I only kicked it out of hand but it felt good. I would have loved to have tried some place kicking, the pitch is a lot shorter than a rugby pitch so I would fancy a go at it. It might be a good opportunity to sample a different culture and still play a part in top level sport because you can’t play Rugby League forever but hopefully that is a long way off yet. "Kicking is something that interests me and there aren’t any kicking coaches in Rugby League. Each Rugby Union has their own kicking coach for goal kicking and kick offs but also kicking out of hand and it is becoming more and more important in a game with the 40:20 and the tightness of games now in Super League. "A playing career is pretty short and with the salary cap as it is, it is important that players have a back up plan. I always wanted to do a degree and Leeds Met gave us the opportunity to get back in to studying, it was too good an opportunity to miss. I am not sure what I will do yet but with the experience I have got from rugby, combined with the degree, it will hopefully open some doors for me." "We are studying Sport and Exercise Science based at the Headingley campus at Leeds Met. I do it with Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Matt Diskin and Willie Poching. We’re now in our third year of the course but it is our fifth year of studying because we do the course part time to fit in with our training and playing commitments. "We’ve found it a new experience but a welcome distraction from rugby. Mature students are a growing trend and there is a very good mix at Leeds Met with younger people obviously there but older students as well, plus a real mix of cultures, and I have made some good friends there. "It has been good to have the group of four of us because we all know the pressures on each others time. We are working on our dissertation which is about a vibrating bed which has been shown to reverse the effects of several inflammatory conditions. We are hoping that this bed will help people recover from strenuous exercise which causes inflammation of the joints and muscles. We were actually able to work on the dissertation on our recent long haul flight over to Florida which I would imagine is pretty unique within our class!" joked Sinfield.