Debut: Vs Sheffield Eagles (H) 22nd August 1997
Honours: Grand Final (Winner: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012; Finalist: 2005), Challenge Cup (Winner: 2014, 2015; Finalist: 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012), World Club (Winner: 2005, 2008, 2012; Finalist: 2009, 2010, 2013), League Leaders’ Shield (2004, 2009, 2015)
Kevin Sinfield is quite simply the greatest captain in the club’s history having led his team to seven Championships during his time at the helm and the decade he has worn the captain’s armband will be remembered as a golden era that has brought unprecedented success.
His services to the game were recognised in 2014 when he was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and he fulfilled a long held ambition to finally lead his side to glory in the Challenge Cup.
In 2012 he became the leading points scorer in the club’s history and finished his career third in the all time list of points scorers in the history of the game.
Kevin has always been recognised as an extremely special player since he joined the Rhinos in 1996 and made his debut whilst still a 16-year-old against Sheffield at Headingley in 1997. He went onto be part of the squad that made it to the 1999 and 2000 Challenge Cup Final, only to miss out on a place in the Final line up.
In 2003 he was appointed as captain of the Rhinos by Daryl Powell and led the side to the Challenge Cup Final with a dramatic touchline conversion against St Helens in the semi final to send the game into extra time.
In 2004 he led the side to their first ever Grand Final victory and the first league title in 32 years. In 2005, he then lifted the World title as well as appearing in another Cup and Grand Final, winning the Lance Todd trophy in the the Cardiff Cup Final defeat to Hull FC.
There were further accolades in 2009 when he added the Harry Sunderland Award as Leeds secured an unprecedented three titles in a row.
2012 was another outstanding year for the Rhinos captain as he guided his Rhinos side to a second consecutive Super League title, was named the Harry Sunderland winner for the second time, secured World Club honours, was named the England captain and won the Autumn international series. He was also recognised for his achievements by becoming only the fourth Englishman ever to win the prestigious Rugby League Golden Boot.
Fittingly in his 521st and final game for the club, Kevin made history again as Leeds completed a record breaking treble in 2015. He finished his playing career with 3,968 points including 1,832 goals.