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Danny McGuire announced as Hull KR assistant coach

Former English Super League legend, Danny McGuire will take up a coaching role at as assistant to Tony Smith at Betfred Super League side, Hull Kingston Rovers.

After hanging up his boots following the 2019 season, McGuire took up an off-field role with the club as Head of Recruitment. Rovers' former number 7 will maintain his recruitment role alongside his new position, as well as handing down his valuable knowledge throughout the club.

Speaking on the appointment Danny said: "I can't wait. I was doing some coaching with the Academy and Scholars and I absolutely loved it. Once you've been in that environment on the field and then step away from it to an office I missed it, I felt like I've got something coaching wise to give back.

"We've got some really good young lads. If you look at the spine that we could have for the next five years plus - Jez Litten, Will Dagger, Rowan Milnes, Mikey Lewis - then you throw in the experiences with Adam Quinlan, Matt Parcell and other, it really excites me.

"I'm going to do the recruitment alongside Paul (Lakin) the new CEO, and Tony (Smith). I've still got loads to give here, I'm going to give all I can to help with the academy as well.

"It's been a really tough year but players have all been brilliant in the way they have handled the circumstances. Some of the performances have been disappointing at times, they will tell you that as well. It's been a difficult year that everyone is happy to put to bed and start again.

"We want to improve, we don't want to be languishing at the wrong end of the league. The standards need to improve and hopefully I can help with that in regard to the coaching side of working with the players."

This week, Paul Lakin returned back to Hull Kingston Rovers as Chief Executive, following Mike Smith's departure to become the Rugby Football League's new vice-president. It marked a return to Craven Park for Lakin, 12 years on from his departure in 2008. He originally joined the club in 2004 and oversaw the promotion to Super League before taking a job in football with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Lakin spent six years at Molineux and returns to Rovers with a wealth of experience having served as Stoke City's Chief Commercial Officer.

Author: Kai McKechnie