Leeds Rhinos: A Grand Final farewell to three legends

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COACH OF the year Brian McDermott has paid an emotional tribute to Leeds Rhinos’ three retiring legends as his team stands on the verge of history.

A win over Wigan Warriors in this evening’s First Utility Super League Grand Final would complete the greatest season since the club was founded 125 years ago.

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield and his oppositer number Sean O'Loughlin of Wigan warriors, with the First Utlity Super League Trophy.

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield and his oppositer number Sean O'Loughlin of Wigan warriors, with the First Utlity Super League Trophy.

Rhinos have already won the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, topped the Super League table and collected three of the sport’s major individual awards, the Lance Todd Trophy, Man of Steel and coach of the year.

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Now McDermott is urging his players on for one final effort in what is club legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai’s last competitive game.

“This is our last game of the season and we have the chance of doing something special as a club and as a team,” McDermott said.

“It would be really good story for the three men who are leaving to go out on a high and I think we’d be all liars if we said we’re not aware of that scenario.”

Paying tribute to the legendary trio, McDermott said: “I think the word that describes them all is selfless – they all put the club first and the team first.

“JP plays a very selfless role. He effectively goes and gets beaten up for 80 minutes and does that so the team can be provided with a platform.

“Kev puts himself out there as a pivotal player, both on the field and more importantly off it.

“He leads from the front and gives everyone a great steer on where we’re at, what we should be thinking, how we should be doing things.

“He’s such a smart fella in that regard and Kylie, he will pretty much do everything asked of him.

“He is the most successful overseas signing we have ever had, so they have all been very selfless for the club and made a lot of sacrifices over the years to stay at Leeds and continue playing for Leeds and continue playing our sport.

“They are all very fortunate, but it is

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