17th July 2017, 18:31 | super_league
Hull Kingston Rovers have signed Leeds Rhinos captain Danny McGuire from 2018.
McGuire announced last week that he intended to take up a new challenge from 2018 after spending his entire career at Headingley.
The 34-year-old, who had an option to remain at the Rhinos before deciding to head for pastures new, is one of the most decorated players of all-time, winning seven Grand Finals with his home-town club along with two Challenge Cup finals, three World Club Challenge trophies and three League Leaders Shield titles.
McGuire, a former England and Great Britain international, also won the Harry Sunderland Trophy for a Man of the Match performance in the 2015 Grand Final and has played a key role in his team’s march back up the Betfred Super League table this season, with the Rhinos currently sitting second on the ladder and through to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup.
So far, McGuire has crossed for 262 tries in 414 appearances for Leeds and will link up with Rovers for pre-season training having committed to joining the club regardless of the Robins’ league status.
Speaking to www.hullkr.co.uk, he said: “I could have quite easily stuck around at Leeds and finished my career here, but I feel like I’ve still got a lot to give and that I’m still playing well, so I’m looking forward to starting afresh and putting a marker down at Hull KR. Hopefully, we can have a good season and create some good times there.
“I had a couple of options but once I’d spoken to Jamie Peacock and Tim Sheens, I made my mind up pretty quickly. With the direction the club is wanting to go and having the chance to work with somebody with Tim’s experience and everything he’s achieved in the game, it seemed the perfect fit. I know quite a few of the boys there already, the ex-Leeds lads and people like Shaun Lunt, so everything just felt right.
“The main thing I want to let everybody know is that I’m coming over there to play well. I still feel like I’m playing well individually and I’ve got plenty of experience to add to the team. I’m not coming just to rest on my laurels and have a holiday, I want to be part of a successful team at Rovers.
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“It’s an exciting challenge for me because I’ll basically be coming across having to prove myself all over again to everybody, not just my new teammates and my new coaches, but to the club and the fans.”
Head coach Tim Sheens added: “Danny will really add to our squad for next year. He’s had a few clubs looking at him but I think he liked what he heard about us and the things we spoke about. We’ve had a good chat about how we see things and we were totally honest regarding our situation for next year, which wasn’t an issue for him.
“He’s a quality player who’s still playing good football this season. He also adds a lot to the club in terms of the value he brings with the media and sponsorship, plus his experience on the field. He’s got plenty of that and it will be brilliant for our younger half backs to have the chance to work with him.
“The spine of your team is always the most important and with the likes of Danny and Shaun Lunt in there, we’re looking pretty strong in that area. Danny will be a big part of that, he’s got a lot to offer, but hopefully he learns something new with us as well. He thinks he will and I do too.”