Leeds Rhinos have this afternoon announced their captain Danny McGuire will leave the club at the end of the season. However, the future of Super League’s all-time top try-scorer is still to be decided and the ten-time England international could well be pulling on the jersey of a different team next year. Below are five possible destinations for McGuire in 2018.
As Rovers bid for a return to Super League, their two current half-backs Jordan Abdull and Jamie Ellis are on loan. With no guarantee of either staying, the Robins may look to seven-time Grand Final winner McGuire to become their leader next season. Another factor in the 34-year-old possibly making the move could be KR’s Football Manager and McGuire’s close friend Jamie Peacock, with the pair spending 10 seasons together at Headingley.
In their short existence it has become apparent that the Wolfpack love a big-name signing and this one would certainly grab the headlines. Toronto, barring a catastrophe, will be playing in the Championship next season and this could be a move that suits club and player. The Wolfpack have flair, ambition and money, something that could be seen as an attractive proposition for McGuire to finish his career in style.
Trinity are a club on the up and the addition of McGuire next season would certainly give them every chance of repeating their impressive form of 2017. The former Great Britain stand-off proved only this weekend that he still has the quality to add value to any team, putting on a masterclass in the Rhinos win against Salford. Current Wakefield playmaker Sam Williams is rumoured to be returning to the NRL which could force Chris Chester’s hand in making a play for McGuire.
Featherstone have just secured their place in the Qualifiers for the second consecutive season and may be able to offer McGuire a decent deal. Although this may seem an outside shot to most, Rovers – a club with ambition and a chairman in Mark Campbell who is determined to ensure the club keep progressing – are 6/4 favourites with William Hill to be McGuire’s next club. McGuire’s signature would certainly get the fans talking, not to mention the experience and class he would add to the team going forward.
With Richie Myler joining the Rhinos next season, could McGuire go the other way? Former England head coach Steve McNamara is now at the helm in Perpignan and he may look to McGuire in a bid to install a winning mentality within the French club. Again, this would be a left-field move for the East Leeds junior who has been a one-club man since making his Rhinos debut in 2001.