Leeds legend McGuire to leave Headingley


Danny McGuire, Super League's record try-scorer, has announced he will end his hugely successful association with Leeds Rhinos at the end of the 2017 season.

McGuire, who has crossed 262 times in all competitions for Leeds, had a further year on his contract, but will instead leave the club following the current campaign.

The Rhinos skipper has won seven Grand Finals, three World Club Challenge titles, three League Leaders' Shields and two Challenge Cups during his time at Headingley.

In a statement on the Leeds website, the 34-year-old playmaker said he will "take time now to look at my options moving forward" and added: "I am in no rush to make definite plans about next season and beyond."

McGuire, who made his Rhinos debut in 2002, explained: "I am pleased to have made the decision now so I can focus on the remainder of this season and finishing my time at the Rhinos in the best possible way.

"I have been honoured to play alongside some of the greatest players in our game's history and I remember seeing how special it was for Danny Buderus, Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai to finish their time as a Rhino at the very top and that is my aim now.

"When I was a youngster coming through the academy, I got my opportunity because a senior player moved on and now is the right time for me and the club to give our talented, young players their opportunity."

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott said: "In the decades to come, Danny McGuire's achievements will only become more impressive. As well as all the silverware and match-winning plays he has come up with, perhaps the most impressive thing about Danny is the way he has adapted and evolved his game to suit both his team-mates and the game in general.

"I am sure he will take that adaptability with him into whatever he decides to do next and will be a champion as always at whatever that is. There are few people who are more determined for success than Danny and I know he will be giving his absolute all in the remaining months of this season to finish on the highest possible note."

Leeds, who sit second in Super League and are into the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup, have already signed Richie Myler for 2018 to bolster their half-back stocks, while youngster Jordan Lilley is viewed as a potential future star and signed a new long-term contract last week.