Super League: Rob Burrow delighted Man of Steel renamed after Steve Prescott
Last Updated: 06/03/14 3:15pm
Rob Burrow: Believes re-naming the Man of Steel award is a fitting tribute to Steve Prescott
Leeds Rhinos playmaker Rob Burrow believes renaming the Man of Steel award after Steve Prescott was a fitting tribute for the ex-St Helens and Hull FC man.
The Rugby Football League confirmed on Wednesday that the game's highest individual honour for the season would be named after the full-back, who lost his battle with a rare form of stomach cancer last year.
Prescott was an inspiration to millions as he completed a series of tough, fund-raising challenges that raised over £500,000 prior to his death in November.
Burrow thinks the award sums up the courage and bravery Prescott displayed during his playing his career and after being diagnosed and cannot think of a better way than pay tribute to his legacy.
"It had to happen didn't it? I know a lot of people have been campaigning for it a while," he told Sky Sports News Radio.
"If you can epitomise a Man of Steel it's certainly Steve. How he acted when he was ill and the stuff he did was just so courageous.
"I can't think of a better award in the whole world than to give him the Man of Steel because he's shown that resilience throughout his life, not only as a player but in the latter stages in his life.
"Good on him and I think it's a fantastic show for his family as well."
Meanwhile, Leeds have loaned out rising star Liam Sutcliffe to Bradford Bulls as cover for the injured Lee Gaskell and Burrow says the talent is too good not to be playing.
"He'll only become better by playing regularly so he's got to go out there and play Super League. Bradford have given him that opportunity. Bradford will be loving that he's there."
Burrow on Sutcliffe
Sutcliffe broke into Leeds' first team last year and impressed while a number of regulars were out injury, however, he is yet to start this season with competition for places stiff under Brian McDermott.
Burrow believes the Bulls will be delighted to have Sutcliffe and that playing regularly at Super League level will only help nurture his undoubted talent.
"He's too good not to be playing. He's a Super League player so he needs to be out there," Burrow continued.
"He'll only become better by playing regularly so he's got to go out there and play Super League. Bradford have given him that opportunity. Bradford will be loving that he's there.
"He's a super player, a super lad and he's got a massive future in the game. This will be a step in him going on and having a great career."
Rhinos ace Burrow has also previewed this weekend's matches and picked out three Super League stars who could impress in round four