McGuire 'over the moon' as Rhinos write perfect final chapter at Old Trafford
Departing hero Danny McGuire signed off his Leeds Rhinos career in style with a Super League Grand Final victory that left head coach Brian McDermott pinching himself in disbelief.
In his last game for the club before he joins Hull KR, McGuire was at his inspirational best against Castleford Tigers on Saturday, scoring two tries and kicking a pair of drop-goals in his side's 24-6 win at Old Trafford.
The half-back was named man of the match for his stellar performance, a fitting end to a glittering career with the Rhinos that has seen him win eight Super League titles.
"I've got some friends in that Castleford side and obviously I'm disappointed for them, but I'm over the moon for it to end like that," McGuire told Sky Sports.
"The lads deserve credit, we have come from a dark place last year.
"I thought for the majority we were sensational, our kicking game was superb and what an incredible work ethic the boys showed.
"It has been a great journey, they are like my family at this club. I'll enjoy the next few days and I appreciate all the support I've had."
Leeds had lost all four previous meetings in 2017 against a Castleford side that claimed the League Leaders' Shield. However, they picked the perfect time to end the winless streak, much to the surprise of McDermott.
The Rhinos were consigned to the Qualifiers last season and their coach did not expect them to make it to the Grand Final this year, let alone win it.
"That's the final chapter of the book," McDermott said.
"You don't win the Grand Final from where we were but we've just done it. This is for everybody who stuck with us in the dark times.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I dream of being at Old Trafford, let alone winning it."