Turning 36 today, Danny McGuire is well into preparations for his final Super League campaign.
The half-back will close the door on a glittering rugby league career at the end of 2019, where he’ll be seen for the final time on a rugby field in Hull KR’s colours.
Scooping eight Grand Final wins during his time with Leeds Rhinos, McGuire made the move to Rovers ahead of the 2018 campaign. Will he lift silverware one more time in his swansong term?
We get the thoughts of three new Robins signings – all of which have played alongside McGuire at some point in their careers – ahead of what promises to be an emotional and challenging final 12 months of one of rugby league’s greats.
Played with McGuire in 2011 and 2012
“To be with Maggsy again has been awesome. He’s energetic, and when he’s on the field, you know that something is going to happen.
“He’s definitely up there with the best halves I’ve ever seen in the game and played alongside. I’m looking forward to seeing if we can make the magic happen again.”
Played with McGuire in 2015, 2016 and 2017
“I’ve been quite lucky at Leeds to win a few things and I think without Maggsy, we don’t win those trophies. I’m actually excited to see him in his last year – who knows what he’ll do? He’ll want to go out on a high and I hope we can give him the send-off he deserves.
“I’m not a good loser, I do not like losing and Maggsy is the same. That’s probably another reason why I came here. I didn’t know too many people here but I’ve known Maggsy long enough to realise that he wants to win everything.”
Played with McGuire from 2012 to 2017
“I spoke with Maggsy last year and he had plenty of praise to put on the club. It’s a great one with a big fan base. The coaching staff in Tim (Sheens), Webbo (James Webster) and Hodgy (David Hodgson) are great too. It’s well-run and well-backed, which was a big appeal.
Danny McGuire’s glittering career at Leeds Rhinos
A fresh-faced Danny McGuire’s first photo as a Leeds Rhinos professional ahead of the 2002 campaign. The legacy he would leave at Headingley was just beginning.
McGuire scores the winning try for Leeds in the 2004 Grand Final when beating Bradford Bulls at Old Trafford.
A historic Great Britain series saw victory in Australia over the fierce enemy, and McGuire played his part in the Tri Nations that year.
Again, McGuire is influential as Leeds overcome St Helens at Old Trafford to lift the Grand Final trophy once more.
Completing their third successive Grand Final win, McGuire celebrates with Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai
McGuire is stretchered off against Wigan Warriors, suffering a long-term knee injury.
Returning to success at Old Trafford, McGuire started at scrum-half in the 32-16 victory over St Helens
Another trophy in the cabinet as McGuire lifts the Grand Final silverware, beating Warrington in 2012.
The treble was complete as Leeds lift the World Club Series, Challenge Cup and Super League trophies. McGuire was part of history at the Rhinos.
“He brings plenty. You only have to look at the 2017 Grand Final when he ran the game from start to finish. His leadership on the field is great, he has a lot of quality still in his game even though he’s coming to the back of his career.”
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