Rob Burrow has become the second Leeds Rhinos legend in a week to announce his playing days with the club are to come to an end in 2017 after he confirmed he would retire when the current season comes to a close.
34-year old Burrow has won 7 Super League’s, 2 Challenge Cups, 3 League Leaders’ Shields and 3 World Club Challenge titles, as well as two Harry Sunderland trophies for his ‘Man of the Match’ performances in the 2007 and 2011 Grand Final triumphs, in a career that has lasted over 16 years. In that time, the Rhinos number 7 has played a grand total of 486 times for Leeds, scoring 194 tries and kicking 157 goals.
Burrow, like teammate Danny McGuire who last week announced he would be leaving the Rhinos, came through the academy at Leeds, and made his debut in 2001. After cementing a place in the first team, Burrow went on to play a huge part in the clubs ‘Golden Decade’, in which Leeds enjoyed their most successful spell in their history.
On his decision to call time on his career, the half-back/hooker said: “It has been an honour to play for Leeds my entire career and I feel now is the right time to move onto the next chapter. I have been part of so many fantastic memories down the years and hopefully we can create a few more in the months ahead before I hang up my boots”.
Despite his retirement, Burrow will remain with Leeds to take up a new role in the player performance department where he will help to develop the youth and academy players at the Rhinos.
“Player development is something that has always interested me having worked with the scholarship for many years earlier in my career and seen players like Stevie Ward, Liam Sutcliffe and Ashton Golding come through from being schoolboys to first team players. Hopefully I can pass on my experience and love of the club to the next generation in my new role”.