Super League: Rob Burrow delighted Kevin Sinfield is back for the Leeds Rhinos
Leeds' Rob Burrow has labelled Kevin Sinfield's return for Friday's trip to the Wakefield Wildcats a 'massive boost'
Last Updated: 26/07/13 9:23am
The 32-year-old is poised to make his comeback for the Rhinos following a five-match absence due to fractured thumb suffered in England's win over the Exiles in June.
Brian McDermott's men have won three of five in Super League while Sinfield has been on the sidelines, although stand-in kick Zak Hardaker struggled with goal-kicking duty meaning Burrow relived him in last week's win over Wakefield.
The Wildcats saw off the Rhinos on home soil last season and Burrow is delighted the experienced campaigner is back in the fold for what will be a tricky encounter for last term's Grand Final winners.
"It's a massive boost. He's the club captain. He's the guy who you sometimes look to for inspiration and sometimes what to do better," Burrow told Sky Sports Radio of Sinfield.
"While we all do that on the pitch he is obviously the leading figure in that. We can't welcome him back enough.
"I think as you get older you learn different things and add little things to your game. Certainly you're not the ultimate player at 22 or 23.
"As rugby's changing the nearer to the 30s you get the more of a finished product you are. Kevin's adding stuff. He's changing positions.
"What you've seen over the last couple of years and the foreseeable future is probably the ultimate package of what he will bring.
"You lead by example if you're a captain and he certainly does that. You've got to lead by example as well as just talk it.
"Thankfully we've got a great kicker in Kev. He's not been playing so it shows how important goals are. How important he is to the team for that as well. I wouldn't have any other goal-kicker in any code kicking goals for my team."