Danny McGuire to join Hull KR on two-year deal
Last Updated: 18/07/17 4:08pm
Championship side Hull KR have announced the signing of Super League's record try-scorer Danny McGuire from the start of the 2018 season.
The 34-year-old former Great Britain half-back has signed a two-year contract with the Robins, who are hoping to make a quick return to Super League following relegation in 2016.
McGuire is one of the most successful players in the sport's history, having helped Leeds to win seven Grand Finals, two Challenge Cup finals, three World Club Challenge trophies and three League Leaders Shield titles.
He remains a very effective performer and the Rhinos are currently enjoying another successful campaign - they sit second in the Super League and are through to the Challenge Cup semis.
However, McGuire announced last week that he had decided to seek a new challenge in 2018, ending a distinguished 15-year spell with his hometown club, and Hull KR have emerged as his chosen destination.
Although Hull KR are currently in the Championship, they had pulling power in the shape of head of rugby Jamie Peacock, another Headingley great, and McGuire is happy to make the move regardless of whether or not their promotion bid is successful.
McGuire 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.
"I had a couple of options but once I'd spoken to Jamie Peacock and (head coach) 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.
"Hopefully, we can have a good season and create some good times there.
"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."
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.
"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."