It is now official that Leeds Rhinos legend Danny McGuire will join Castleford Tigers on a two year deal after his Hull KR exit.
He spent two years playing at Hull KR before he became assistant coach ahead of 2020.
McGuire was even caretaker coach in 2022 and did a very good job but now he is taking his abilities to Castleford.
Speaking on the move he said: “I’m really excited about the challenge after a fair bit of speculation but for me it’s about looking forward to working with a really talented bunch of players and a club with history and everything that surrounds Castleford Tigers.”
“I can’t wait to get stuck into it. It’s really nice to meet Craig. He seems a really good fella and I’m really excited to work alongside him. I’m still fairly early on into my coaching journey with loads to learn and experience so I’m excited to be working alongside somebody who’s achieved so much in the game so I’ll be picking his brains hopefully we can gel really well and work well as a combination.”
But still the question remains, why did he leave Hull KR?
Many were shocked by McGuire’s Hull KR exit. However, it can be explained by the fact the club has decided to refresh the first team’s coaching structure, enabling Willie Peters to create his own coaching team.
McGuire first joined the Robins as a player in 2018, helping the side to re-establish themselves in Super League before retiring at the end of the 2019 season.
Following his retirement, Danny helped to lay the foundations for the Robins’ progression in recent years, overseeing the club’s player recruitment. From that role, the Leeds’ native became Assistant Coach under Tony Smith ahead of the 2021 season.
At the end of the 2022 season, McGuire became the Robins’ Interim Head Coach, helping to stabilise the side after the departure of Tony Smith and then Assistant Head Coach under Willie Peters this season.
‘I’d like to thank Danny for his contributions to Hull KR this season. I wish Danny and his family every success in the future,’ said Hull KR Head Coach, Willie Peters.
‘Danny has played a key role in the club’s journey to becoming a top Super League club,’ said Hull KR Chief Executive, Paul Lakin.
‘We will always be grateful for Danny’s contributions as a player and then during his three seasons as Assistant Head Coach, particularly as Interim Head Coach during a difficult time for the club. We’d like to wish Danny all the best for the next chapter in his coaching journey.’