Homecoming a huge success
Over 7,500 fans packed out the Carnegie Stand at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday afternoon to welcome home the history-making Leeds Rhinos squad.
The crowd were entertained by Jet2.com Battle of the Bands winners Kinch along with Operaman John Innes before the main highlight of the game took place with the 2009 Champions introduced one by one to the stage.
Commenting on the day captain Kevin Sinfield said, "It is great to come home to Headingley Carnegie and share this moment with our fans. They have backed us all the way, even when things haven’t always gone our way. This is a special bunch of guys in the team and we are all so proud to bring the trophy back home to Headingley Carnegie."
Head Coach Brian McClennan agreed with those sentiments and reflected on the part this team has played in the clubs history, he revealed, "We spoke about John Holmes this week and the fact that so many of his former team mates came to pay him respect when he passed away. We asked each other how we wanted to reflect on this year in ten, twenty or thirty years and these guys continued to do the club proud. We are the guardians of the blue and amber, just like John and his team mates were, and hopefully we are continuing what they achieved."
The crowd also heard from Danny McGuire, Matt Diskin, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jamie Peacock and Brent Webb before, in a break from routine, the traditional Championship winning team photo was taken after the presentation so that it could include those fans who attended the homecoming.