Record-breaker McGuire bids to leave Leeds on a high
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