Championship side Hull KR have confirmed that Danny McGuire has signed a 2-year deal with the club, starting from 2018.
McGuire announced last week that he would be leaving Leeds after sixteen years with the Rhinos, but had not yet finalised a deal with another a club.
However, Rovers have won the race for the seven-time Super League winners signature, who will join up with Tim Sheens’ side ahead of next season, which could possibly be in Super League if KR can carry the form they have shown during the Championship season over to the upcoming Qualifiers.
McGuire will reacquaint himself with a number of ex-Leeds men when he starts the new chapter of his career in East Yorkshire, with former teammates Shaun Lunt, Robbie Mulhern, Chris Clarkson and Thomas Minns all currently on the Rovers’ roster. Jamie Peacock, who is head of rugby at KR, is another familiar face for the 34-year old and McGuire admitted that Peacock was a part of his decision to make the move to the KCOM Craven Park Stadium.
“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.
“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.”