Captain McGuire to leave Leeds Rhinos after 16 seasons

Danny McGuire won seven Grand Finals and was Grand Final man of the match in 2015.

Captain Danny McGuire is to leave Leeds Rhinos at the end of the season after 15 years with the club.

England and Great Britain half-back McGuire, 34, is the leading try scorer in Super League history with 233 tries and fourth on Leeds’ all-time list.

“I am in no rush to make definite plans about next season and beyond.” McGuire told the Rhinos’ website.

“We are second in the league and in the Challenge Cup semi-final and that is where my attention is focused now.”

Since making his Leeds debut as a teenager in 2002, McGuire has scored 262 tries in all competitions in more than 400 appearances.

In a trophy-laden spell at Headingley, he helped Rhinos to seven Super League Grand Final victories, three World Club Challenge titles and two Challenge Cup wins.

He remains a regular feature in the Rhinos squad, having played 21 games in 2017, but his departure comes on the back of a new three-year deal for half-back Jordan Lilley, 20, and the impending arrival of Catalans Dragons playmaker Richie Myler for 2018.

“When I was a youngster coming through the academy, I got my opportunity because a senior player moved on,” McGuire said.

“Now is the right time for me and the club to give our talented young players their opportunity.

“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.

“I will take time now to look at my options moving forward.”

Rhinos’ head coach Brian McDermott said: “In the decades to come, Danny McGuire’s achievements will only become more impressive.

“As well as all the silverware and match-winning plays he has come up with, perhaps the most impressive thing about Danny is the way he has adapted and evolved his game to suit both his team-mates and the game in general.

“I am sure he will take that adaptability with him into whatever he decides to do next and will be a champion as always at whatever that is.”