Danny McGuire to take on additional role with Hull KR

Danny McGuire Hull KR

Hull KR assistant coach Danny McGuire will combine his first team duties with being the club’s reserve team head coach in 2022.

The 39-year-old takes the coaching reins of the reserves after the competition was cancelled due to Covid in 2020 and 2021.

The reserves will give fringe players a chance to impress with the aim of breaking into Tony Smith’s first team. It will also aid young players who are making the step up from academy.

The return of the club’s reserves in 2022 will see a combination of first team players, part-time reserve signings and players from dual-registration partners Dewsbury line up for Hull KR.

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Danny McGuire eager to get going

McGuire said: “I’m excited. I suppose it’s my first challenge as a coach. It will be really good and I feel there were some missed opportunities for some players last year.

“It gives lads aged 19-20 the opportunity to play regular rugby league. I’ve always been a big backer of the academy. I love to see young, local players come through the system and get opportunities.”

“We’ve got a lot of players putting pressure on some of our senior players and they get a chance to express themselves regularly (with the reserves), it will be a good challenge for them.”

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McGuire made almost 500 career appearances as a player for Leeds and Hull KR. He won 19 caps in total for Great Britain and England.

The Leeds-born half-back won eight Super League titles, three World Club Challenges, three League Leaders’ Shields and two Challenge Cups whilst with the Rhinos.

In addition, McGuire holds the record for most Super League tries. He scored 247 tries during his career for Leeds and Hull KR.

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