LEEDS RHINOS skipper Kevin Sinfield has been congratulated by the man whose place he took in the rugby league record books.
Sinfield scored seven goals and a drop goal in last week’s 43-12 win at Hull, taking his career points tally to 3,995.
He is now the fourth-highest scorer in the sport’s 120-year history, with Woods moving down a place to fifth.
The Rhinos captain – who is Leeds’ and Super League’s record goal kicker and points scorer – now needs only 56 points to leap over Gus Risman into third place, though the top-two of Neil Fox and Jim Sullivan are unlikely to ever be caught.
Woods, who amassed 2,492 of his 3,985 career points playing for Leigh and is regarded by many players and supporters as the finest player to represent that club, was quick to pay tribute to Sinfield.
“Kevin is an exceptionally talented and durable player who is still playing to a high level of performance week in, week out,” Woods said.
“He has had an exceptional career and he can be rightly proud of his achievements, both personally and as part of the team.
“Like me he has borne the responsibility of being goal-kicker throughout his career and if you play a long time the points stack up without you really noticing.
“I never bothered about personal records as I was a team player and I can see those qualities in Kevin.
“I suspect that though he will be aware of the milestone it won’t really sink in, or have any significance until he retires and looks back on his career.
“I hope that day is a long time off as you are a long time retired and Kevin still has much to offer the game and the Leeds club.
“I’d like to congratulate him and wish him well.”
Leigh coach Paul Rowley played alongside Sinfield in England’s 2000 World Cup campaign.
He said: “Kevin Sinfield is a true role model and inspiration to many and I personally have huge respect for him as a champion player and person in equal measures.
“I believe Kevin was born a leader and has worked tirelessly with 100 per cent dedication in his pursuit of excellence, never faltering or influenced to be anything other than the elite sportsman that he is today.
“I am pleased that Kevin has surpassed the points tally of a hero of mine and everybody in Leigh, the great John Woods
“I am lucky to have had the good fortune to play alongside both of these true superstars of rugby league.
“On behalf of myself and all the Leigh team we congratulate Kevin on a wonderful achievement proving that hard work really does pay off.”