Peacock won’t retire, says Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has publicly stated he thinks iconic forward Jamie Peacock will continue playing beyond the end of the current season.

Peacock announced that 2015 would be his final season as a professional, bringing the curtain down on a career that began when he signed with Bradford in 1996.

However, Sinfield says it would shock him if Peacock stuck to that decision, saying he believes the 37-year-old could well carry on and go round again in 2016.

“There’s plenty of competition there (at the club), but I will go on record and say I will be very surprised if he retires at the end of this year,” Sinfield said.

“Not that he has said anything to me, but I know the kind of condition he is in and I think it would be very difficult for him to walk away if the fire is still burning – and I am sure it is.”

Sinfield was also in no doubt about where Peacock ranks in terms of Leeds’ signings throughout the summer era in Super League.

“He has been awesome. As a signing I think he has been the biggest and best signing we’ve made, certainly during my time.

“He is a great warrior and it has been an absolute pleasure to play alongside him.”