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McGuire: Pre-season preparations vital

New signing Danny McGuire has reiterated the importance of the club’s pre-season preparations following his first week at the club.

Super League’s all-time top try scorer has joined Rovers on a two-year contract from defending champions Leeds Rhinos ahead of the club’s return to the top flight and the experienced half back says his team’s prep on the training field over the coming months will be vital.

“I think pre-season is really important,” the experienced half back said. “It’s the foundations for your season in my opinion. You put all the hard work in and everything you do on your structures to bring things together happens in pre-season, so it’s really key.

“There’s a few of the boys who have been away on international duty still to come back, but hopefully over the next few weeks we’ll have everybody back and ready to go.

“It’s going well personally for me so far. I’ve picked up a couple of things on the field but that will take a bit of time to understand what the coaches want and what the players need outside of me also. It’s a work in progress but it’s been nice to get the ball in my hands again after six weeks of not doing too much.

“I got a bit of a break away with my wife and my little boy in Lanzarote and we actually caught up with Scruts over there as well. We had a couple of Guinnesses together which was good because it’s important to chill out, get away from the game a little bit and then that hunger comes back after a couple of weeks.”

Following his fairytale finish at the Rhinos where he picked up the Harry Sunderland Trophy for a Man of the Match performance in their Grand Final victory over Castleford Tigers, McGuire returned from his off season break to officially join Rovers on Monday.

Now on the verge of completing his first week at the club, the ex-England and Great Britain international says he’s been made welcome by his new teammates.

“It’s gone really well, I’ve really enjoyed it. It was tough (his first day) even though I was told it was an easing yourself in day, but it’s been really good. I enjoyed getting out on the field and on the watt bike as well.

“I didn’t want to pinch anybody’s locker or seat so I had to be careful! I’d been at Leeds for so long that I knew every inch of it, but that’s the challenge here. I’m really excited about what’s in front of me and I’m looking forward to playing for this great club.

“The lads have been good, the majority of rugby league players are good guys and the lads here have been really welcoming. It’s obviously going to take a while to get to know everybody and pick up everybody’s likes and dislikes, but it’s been good. I’m looking forward to having a good pre-season with them all.”

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