It might be too simplistic to suggest that the struggles that Leeds Rhinos have had to endure this season would have evaporated if they had Kevin Sinfield in their ranks.
Surely the Rhinos are missing him. In fact, any team in the history of Super League would benefit from having Sir Kev in their line-up.
And not just for his technical ability.
His leadership, his presence on the pitch and his general standing has been him a great man to have around, a proper role model for aspiring players.
So, it is with a touch of sadness that we report that one of our sporting greats is hanging up his boots when the season ends for his current club Yorkshire Carnegie.
He says he would rather go too early than stay on too long; a wise judgment from a player known for making good calls.
He says there are things he wants to do out of sport, such as being a good dad while his children are still young.
But he expects to be back in sport at some point – rugby of either code.
We’re sure he will have a part to play, whatever he chooses to do.
Sinfield says that to have played sport for 20 years is something he feels privileged to have done.
We assure him, it is the fans of Rhinos and Carnegie who feel privileged to have watched such a monumental star in action.