Danny McGuire will remain at Hull KR beyond his time as a player, as in 2020 he will take up an off-field role which will include recruitment of players, some coaching and commercial work too.
I think it’s a wonderful move by the club.
People of McGuire’s calibre as a person are so few and far between, him being involved in mentoring the academy half-backs alone is reason enough to have him on board.
Of course, as we’ve seen recently with legends of the game retiring and taking up off-field roles, it’s not always easy for that adjustment to be made for the player. Nor does the fact McGuire is a legend of the game mean he will get results.
But I’m ever the optimist and the glass is always half full for me.
If the Red and Whites don’t try they will never know. And I believe McGuire will add to the club in his numerous roles with his knowledge of rugby, his contacts within the game and I’m sure having seen and witnessed a number of young players come through the Leeds Rhinos’ system will have an eye for young talent.
It is also crucial to get recruitment correct at any professional club. Jobs will be lost off the back of poor recruitment alone. Having said that, with the glass half full good recruitment will also bring success.
And the more quality individuals on the lookout for players at all levels then surely the better opportunity of bringing in the right players in terms of taking the club to a higher level in all teams within the outfit’s new structures.
McGuire is keen to reiterate that his focus is still on playing well as a player, an important player for the club in terms of the Robins’ precarious position at present.
He will be a pivotal player until his time to play his final match comes around.
Yet you cannot help thinking that someone of McGuire’s knowhow will easily be able to begin planning for his new roles, of which the youth and recruitment is absolutely essential in the club driving forward.