THE MOST DECORATED player of the modern era bowed out with yet another trophy – and admitted it was the best exploit of his glittering career.
Leeds Rhinos’ latest Grand Final triumph was Jamie Peacock’s ninth, to go with four Challenge Cup wins and the same number of World Club titles.
It completed a clean sweep of trophies and was the second time Peacock had been part of such a feat, after Bradford Bulls in 2003.
“I don’t want to be disrespectful to the other teams I’ve played in, but I have to say this is the greatest achievement I’ve been involved with,” Peacock said after Rhinos’ 22-20 Old Trafford win over Wigan Warriors.
“Without a doubt, the treble is tougher to do now; it’s incredibly tough. I’m doubtful whether it’ll be done again and I say that with the greatest respect to everyone involved next year – including Leeds.
“But with the set-up of the new structure and the way Wembley is positioned within the year, you saw our dip in form and it wasn’t through a lack of trying, it was just the emotional effort involved with Wembley.”
Peacock struggled to sum up how he was feeling after his last-ever game.
“I’m lost for words,” he admitted. “To finish my career in that fashion, it’s scripted like a movie isn’t it?
“I wanted to have a good year to finish and for it to come off the way it has, I’ve never been involved in a season that has had so many big moments like this one. There’s been big performances, big players and I feel fortunate to be in such a great team and coached by such a great coach in my final year as a player.
“Not many players get the chance to be part of that. You have a lot of disappointments as a player, but these make it worthwhile. I had a dream we’d beat Huddersfield and St Helens and then beat Wigan in the Grand Final – I was like Martin Luther King!”