Record-breaker McGuire bids to leave Leeds on a high

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Danny McGuire is de­ter­mined to leave Leeds Rhi­nos on a high after the Su­per League all-time lead­ing try-scorer an­nounced he would be mov­ing at the end of the sea­son. The 34-year-old, who has scored 233 tries in Su­per League, has been at Leeds since 2002 and was con­tracted through to the 2018 sea­son, but in­stead will call time on his as­so­ci­a­tion with the club a year early. McGuire will not re­tire how­ever, al­though his next des­ti­na­tion is not yet known.

For now his fo­cus is on help­ing Leeds to sil­ver­ware in both Su­per League and the Chal­lenge Cup, with the Rhi­nos tak­ing on Hull to­morrw in the for­mer. “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,” said McGuire.

“I will take time now to look at my op­tions mov­ing for­ward. I am in no rush to make def­i­nite plans about next sea­son and be­yond. “I am not ready to say my good­byes just yet, we are cur­rently sec­ond in the league and in the Chal­lenge Cup semi-fi­nal and that is where my at­ten­tion is fo­cused now.” The top four teams in Su­per League face off this week­end, with lead­ers Castle­ford host­ing Sal­ford Red Devils-who con­firmed the sign­ing of Manu Vatu­vei on Mon­day, but the big­gest games are fur­ther down the ta­ble as War­ring­ton look to stay in the race for the Su­per 8s. They travel to Wi­gan on Thurs­day know­ing only a win will keep them in the hunt, but even that will likely not be enough as Hud­der­s­field can book their place in the top eight with a win over bot­tom side Leigh to­morrw. The Wolves, who should have Ben Cur­rie back for the first time in ten months after he tore his ACL, will bid farewell to for­ward An­dre Save­lio at the end of the sea­son.

Save­lio is head­ing to the NRL to play for the Bris­bane Bron­cos next sea­son un­der Eng­land coach Wayne Ben­nett. “I have spo­ken to Bris­bane a few times and thought now was the time as I feel ready to do it,” Save­lio said. “A lot of English for­wards have done well in the NRL, so it was al­ways some­thing I had thought about.”

Widnes, who host Wakefield on Fri­day, have also en­joyed a good week, sign­ing Rangi Chase on a per­ma­nent deal while also ex­tend­ing Chris Hous­ton’s con­tract for a fur­ther sea­son. “I am pleased to have re­newed my con­tract with the Vik­ings for the third sea­son,” said Hous­ton.

“Al­though we have had a tough year, I am con­fi­dent that we will be able to per­form at a high stan­dard for the re­main­der of sea­son and fin­ish the year well. — AFP

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