HE’S KNOWN to Leeds Rhinos fans simply as Sir Kev
And tonight the club’s most successful captain will reach yet another major milestone.
Kevin Sinfield, the Oldham-born adopted Loiner who has skippered Rhinos to six Super League titles in the last nine seasons, will make his 500th career appearance when Leeds take on London Broncos at Twickenham Stoop.
Of his 499 matches so far, 456 have been for the Rhinos, with the rest being in the colours of Lancashire (four), England (24) and Great Britain (15).
The current Gold Boot holder as the world’s best player, Sinfield will tonight become the first to reach 500 appearances entirely in the summer era, following the sport’s switch from a winter season in 1996.
It will also be his 399th Super League game.
Only St Helens’ Paul Wellens and Sinfield’s former Rhinos team-mate Keith Senior have played more times in the competition.
His Leeds tally includes a record 1,528 goals, 34 drop goals and 77 tries.
This adds up to a total of 3,398 points, which is more than any other player in the club’s history.
Sinfield is Super League’s record points and goals scorer.
The marksman needs just 25 points to reach 3,000 in the competition.
But remarkably he did not take over as Leeds’ regular goal kicker until his seventh season in the first team.
Now 32, Sinfield made his debut for Leeds in 1997 and is the club’s longest-serving player.
He was made captain in 2002 and has led the side in 18 finals, including three World Club Challenge victories and the six Grand Final successes at Old Trafford.
He won the Lance Todd Trophy as Challenge Cup final man of the match in a 2005 defeat to Hull and is a two-time winner of the Harry Sunderland award, as the best player in a title decider.
Sinfield was named England captain last year and will skipper the national side in this autumn’s World Cup.
Fans tweet for legend
@malgly: #Sir Kev he is the greatest Leeds RL captain ever. How hes never got man of steel ill never know. 6timeschampion
@TomMordey: Three Tina Turner inspired words. Simply the best #sirkev.
@pammyb29: The cartwheel at Cardiff after THAT try v Bulls. He presents such a sensible persona normally! #sirkev
@nathastbury: So many times he has broken my heart as a cas fan but you can’t help but admire the man #greatplayer #sirkev