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McGuire: New challenge is exciting

New signing Danny McGuire says he is excited about “committing to the cause” at Hull Kingston Rovers and playing his part on the field for the club’s return to the Betfred Super League.

The former Leeds Rhinos skipper will move away from Headingley for the first time in his career to join the Robins on a two-year contract from 2018 and he’ll arrive at KCOM Craven Park on a high having steered his former club to Grand Final glory last month whilst also picking up the Harry Sunderland Trophy for a Man of the Match performance at Old Trafford.

McGuire will now enjoy some time off before linking up with his new teammates for pre-season training and with next season’s fixtures set to be revealed on Wednesday morning, the experienced half back is relishing the challenge ahead.

He told “I spent over 20 years at Leeds since I was a young kid so the transition is going to be a bit different. It’s like anything though in that you get used to the transition.

“It might be a bit strange going back to Headingley and turning into the away changing room for the first time. It’s something that I’ve never done before but once I get into pre-season I’ll be fully committing to the cause. We’ll set our goals down for the year and I’ll be a Rovers player, this club will get my full attention and focus.

“I know a lot of the boys and I spoke to Tim about the direction the club is wanting to go in and I can’t wait to get involved. As a senior player in the team, I’ll have a bit of responsibility on my shoulders to steer the others around and that’s what I’ll be looking to do.”

Despite guiding Leeds to a record eighth Grand Final victory in his trophy-laden career, McGuire had agreed to move to Rovers regardless of the club’s league status in 2018, with his deal finalised before the club secured promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

An interested spectator during the club’s Super 8’s Qualifiers campaign, McGuire praised the Rovers squad for their achievements and is hoping to contribute on and off the field next season after some of the best performances of his career in recent months.

“Congratulations to all the lads for securing promotion, it was always going to be tough but they did it easy in the end. The lads showed a lot of determination and desire in grinding out a couple of tricky wins against Leigh and Widnes, so I’m obviously delighted for the club.

“We all know that Hull KR are a Super League club with their support so I’m excited to be back in there. I’m really looking forward to linking up with the boys for pre-season.

“I’m really pleased with my form. I think I only missed one game this year through injury and my body feels really good.

“I feel like I’ve got plenty more to give as well which is great. I couldn’t be happier with how this season went but I think there’s more there and I’m looking forward to working with Tim and the lads and having another good season next year.

“We know it’s going to be tough, it always is coming up from the Qualifiers in the first year, but the club are looking to add to the squad in the off season and hopefully we can be challenging for that top eight.”

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