Mac backs 400-up Burrow

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has sung the praises of star halfback Rob Burrow, who is set to make his 400th appearance for the club against Bradford Bulls on Thursday night.

Burrow will become only the twelfth player in the club’s history to reach the landmark in Blue and Amber, behind John Holmes (625 games), Fred Webster (543), John Atkinson (518), David Ward (482), Alan Smith (479), Kevin Sinfield (472), Jim Brough (442), Les Dyl (434), Ray Batten (434), Evan Williams (415) and Neil Hague (411).

“Along with guys like Kevin Sinfield and Danny McGuire, Rob is part of what this Leeds club is all about,” said McDermott.

“He rarely comes into training tired or not in good nick. He has had some issues with his knees in recent years and people were talking about whether or not that would be the end of his speed, but that doesn’t seem to have really diminished too much. He’s an anomaly, no matter how tough things are or how tiring the games are he always seems to have energy.

“I remember Rob debuting many years ago, and along with many other people I thought, ‘There’s no way he can play unless he can produce something special’ and he has certainly done that over his career so far.

“400 games for one club is a massive amount and there is still plenty more in Rob.”

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