McGuire new Rhinos captain

Danny McGuire has been named by head coach Brian McDermott as the new Leeds Rhinos captain. 

McGuire is taking over the reigns from club legend Kevin Sinfield, who departed for rugby union and Yorkshire Carnegie in October after the Rhinos’ treble success.

The 33 year-old is Super League‘s top tryscorer in history, won many trophies and honours for his boyhood club, and will now become only the Rhinos’ sixth permanent captain of the Super League era. 

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott said that whilst there was a number of candidates for the captaincy, McGuire’s commitment and the way he carries himself made him the perfect choice. 

“This was obviously a very important decision and one that took some serious consideration. We have a number of leaders and experienced players within our group,” he said.

“In his early career, Danny was known for his phenomenal scoring record however in recent years he has shaped his style to suit the team and been one of our true leaders in the team.”

McDermott also believes that McGuire’s local ties to the club was a key factor in his decision, and that his choice was a popular one in the Rhinos’ dressing room.

“He is highly respected by his team mates and the coaching staff and I know he will take great pride from captaining his home town club,” he said.

“He has spoke to the players tonight after I announced the appointment to the group and immediately you could tell how much it means to him to be captain of Leeds Rhinos and I am sure that will stand us in good stead this season.”

The seven-time Grand Final winner has expressed his delight and pride at being allowed to take on such a role within a club he loves and believes he has the ability to follow in the footsteps of a rugby league legend. 

“This is a massive privilege and honour for me. I have always been proud to play for my home town and it is brilliant to now be captain for the 2016 season,” he said.

“I have some big shoes to fill in following Kevin Sinfield but I am sure, with the support of my teammates, the club and our brilliant supporters we can all continue to do our city proud this year and beyond.”

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