Nothing matches Headingley atmosphere, admits Peacock

Ahead of his final competitive appearance at Headingley on Friday night, Leeds Rhinos and Super League legend Jamie Peacock believes nothing comes close to matching the atmosphere at his home ground.

Peacock will bring the curtain down on a trophy-laden career either on Friday or next Saturday at Old Trafford – but regardless of the outcome of Friday’s game with St Helens, that will be the last time Peacock plays a competitive match at the stadium.

And Peacock admits emotions are starting to run high ahead of the contest, and says there’s no other place he’d wanted to have played for so long.

“It feels pretty emotional knowing that in just over 48 hours either my career is done or I will finish it at Old Trafford,” said the Leeds-born forward.

“I’m glad to get one more game at Headingley. I’ve loved playing there.

“There’s been a couple of times during my career when I’ve thought about moving elsewhere but, when I run out in front of 17,000, 18,000 people at Headingley, I’ve thought ‘nah, this is the place for me’.

“It has an atmosphere like no other.”