Kevin Sinfield will be leaving Leeds following the Rhinos’ fixture with Warrington on Sunday.
The seven-time Grand Final winner will bow out as Director of Rugby, but continuing head coach Richard Agar was full of praise for Sinfield as a player.
“The amount of respect I’ve had for Kevin throughout the game is huge; he’s been enormous and a wonderful professional,” Agar said.
“He’s a great leader and his achievements speak for themselves, so I was always surprised he was never a Man of Steel candidate given his domestic success.”
The Leeds boss was also keen to stress how good it has been to work with Sinfield at Leeds.
“Working with him has been great, we’ve had a superb working relationship.
“We’ve had to go through some really difficult times to get sorted out and rebuild – we’re very different characters but I think that has really helped us both.
“He’s never been afraid to tell me the truth and he’s a deep thinker, talks sense and we’ve always been in a position where we can disagree on things.
“We generally come out of those disagreements well aligned and find a way to be on the same page and being in total unity.
He added: “I will really miss him and we will miss him as a club.
“I understand his reasons for taking the new venture, but he’s a guy I will continue to be in contact with about day to day stuff and on a personal level.”