Kevin Sinfield’s book the Extra Mile comes out this week.
Sinfield was always an inspiration on the field but has been more so off it in what he has done for teammate Rob Burrow.
This underlines Sinfield’s beliefs about teams in general.
The Leeds Rhinos legend still acts like Burrow’s captain in the fight against MND and this shows the principles that underpinned Leeds Rhinos’ success in the golden generation.
Explaining what his book is about, Sinfield said it was about leadership and said that the best teams last forever: “My interest in leadership and how to get the best out of people on your team is a constant theme of these pages. In spirit, the best teams last forever,” he said in Costco’s Magazine.
Sinfield also explained why he does so much running for Rob including how it helps fill the void left from his rugby days: “When you’ve been a professional sportsperson for 19 years and you stop, you feel like there’s a void that’s difficult to fill. The challenges in the running have enabled me to fill that void, and what I’ve found is raising money and awareness along the way has given me so much fulfilment too.”
Ultimately, Sinfield wants to make a difference:
“It’s been tough, but very enjoyable being back on a team and in a group where there’s a shared belief and goal. There are so many people.
“This was just born out of trying to help a mate. Just because the whistle blows doesn’t mean that friendship stops.
“There are so many caring and beautiful people out there, just try to do your bit, check in with somebody, phone calls, the little things that we take for granted are so important. If we all do a little bit more, we make it easier and better for everyone.”