Mac would welcome role for Sinfield

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has hinted at a role for former captain Kevin Sinfield at the club when he retires from professional sport.

Sinfield confirmed last week that he would call time on his playing career following the end of current club Yorkshire Carnegie’s season after joining the rugby union side last year.

McDermott would like to bring his former captain into the Rhinos again in some capacity.

He said: “I’m more than interested in doing something with Kev,” said McDermott.

“Whether it’s an ambassadorial role or with his kicking, he’s got a wealth of knowledge that we’d be foolish not to tap into.”

Sinfield himself confirmed at a press conference last week that a role with the Rhinos would interest him.

“I’d love to in the future,” he said.

“We’ll see what happens, but the obvious one would be playing a part with the Rhinos, given my 19 years there. It may be a dual role (with Carnegie) but we’ll see. But I don’t want any favours and it needs to be something that benefits everyone.”

But Sinfield did appear to distance himself from a career in coaching when quizzed about his future.

“There’s no offer to coach here and I’ve no desire at this stage to coach.

“I’ll take some time out and assess a route forward.

“I’d love to stay in sport but it’s important for me to go and get some other experience in business and get myself ready for what’s next.”

Sinfield originally signed a two-year deal with Carnegie to take him into the next rugby union season, but he will instead finish at the end of the current season.

“I’d rather go too early on my terms than stay on and play too long,” he added.

“I’ve been fortunate to play for 20 years and to finish the game healthy means there are things I can achieve outside rugby.

“It’s been an incredible journey and I feel fortunate to have played in two fantastic teams and for two great clubs. I’ve won lots of trophies and got some great friendships and memories I’m really proud of and I’m pleased I went and had a bash at rugby union, too.”