After 17 years at the Leeds Rhinos news has emerged today that despite having a year left on his contract Danny McGuire will be leaving Headingley at the end of the season. The half back is now 34 years old and has been a Rhinos legend during their golden era of recent years but he has decided now is the time to step away from the West Yorkshire club and head for pastures new. That is perhaps not surprising as they have signed Richie Myler for next season and Jordan Lilley looks to be a real talent for them in the half back role. Add Joel Moon into that mix after his impressive spell deputising in the half back’s this season and it’s perhaps not surprising that McGuire has chosen not to see out his contract at Leeds.
The question now is, where next for McGuire? At 34 years of age time is not on his side and he may only have one or two seasons left at Super League level. Clubs will still be interested though after all he did score 262 tries in 413 games for Leeds and won every club honour there is. One of the early contenders for his signature appear to be Hull KR. We all know the rumour mill immediately goes into overdrive when news like today’s emerges but it might make quite a lot of sense for the player and Hull KR.
Both of The Robin’s regular half back’s this season are on loan from Super League clubs and while it is being reported that both may be open to a move to Craven Park in 2018 a more permanent acquisition may be favoured by Tim Sheens. Chris Atkin seems set to arrive this week after agreeing a two year deal that could happen this season rather than next. He doesn’t have an abundance of big game experience though which again may cause Sheen’s to lean towards a player like McGuire. McGuire may not have long left at the top level but should KR reach the holy grail of Super League next season he may be the ideal man to orchestrate the team and steady the ship in the top flight again. His experience would be invaluable and he still has the ability to play in Super League.
The obvious link between McGuire and move to Hull KR is Jamie Peacock. The head of rugby at Hull KR was a teammate of McGuire’s for Leeds and England and may well be a linchpin in luring his mate to East Hull. Tim Sheen’s will be hoping Peacock’s influence can help sway McGuire towards Rovers with other teams with secure Super League status i.e. Wakefield also rumoured to be interested in McGuire. It’s all just speculation at this stage but McGuire has hinted that he has almost made his decision so we will just have to sit and wait on this one until he makes an announcement.
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