LEEDS RHINOS DEBUT: v Salford 06/07/2001
One of the team’s longest serving and most successful players Danny was named as captain for the Rhinos at the start of the 2016 season.
He is one of three players in the current side who have emerged from the Rhinos Academy to form the core of the most successful team in the club’s history, winning seven engage Super League titles, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups. He is also the leading try scorer in Super League history after surpassing the record held by Keith Senior during the 2012 season.
Not only has Danny proved he is a prolific try scorer he has also delighted Leeds fans on many occasions, with some spectacular tries. Some of the memorable highlights being two against St Helens in the 2003 Challenge Cup Semi Final, when he first of all set up extra time and then won the game off the bench, the winning try in the 2004 Super League Grand Final, the opening try in the Carnegie World Club Challenge win over Canterbury and his two in the 2015 Grand Final that led to him winning the Harry Sunderland award.
Danny signed for the Rhinos from local team East Leeds ARLFC and quickly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting players in British rugby league. It was in the Rhinos Academy that Danny began to show signs of his amazing ability, forming a devastating partnership with Rob Burrow and by 2002 he had earned a place in the Rhinos full time squad.
His Rhinos debut came against Salford in front of a home crowd, replacing Iestyn Harris, and from here the stand-off has not looked back. During the 2004 season Danny truly marked his place in the Super League competition as part of the team that ended a 32 year wait for the Championship. Danny led the way throughout the season, scoring an incredible 39 tries in all competitions, including on in the Grand Final, and being the first Leeds player in almost half a century to score five tries in a match when the Rhinos beat Widnes.
He was rewarded for his achievements when he was named Rugby League Writers Association Player of the Year as well as being included in the Tetley’s Super League Dream Team after narrowly missing out on being Super League's highest scorer by just one try to Bradford’s Lesley Vainikolo.
In 2005 he scored 23 tries in 27 appearances, 12 off the bench, despite being restricted through injury at the start of the season. The 2006 season saw Danny back to his blistering best, with 12 tries in the opening seven games. He continued to lead the way for the Rhinos and looked like he was heading for the title of Super League’s highest try scorer, just to be piped once again as he was in 2004. His total of 27 would surely have been higher had he not missed part of the campaign once again through injury.
In 2007 he won his second Grand Final winner’s ring with victory over St Helens and the following year, as well as winning a second World Club Challenge title he made history as part of the first Leeds team to win back to back Championships, scoring two tries in the final at Old Trafford.
In 2009 he only missed three games all season as he spear headed the Rhinos charge for League Leaders and Grand Final glory.
The 2010 season saw Danny named as the Rhinos Player of the Season after a superb season when he scored 27 tries over the campaign, the most memorable of which came in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens in the final stages of the game to seal an incredible win.
In 2011 he fought back from a knee reconstruction to become only the fifth player to score 200 tries for the club with a try in the play-off win against Hull FC. He also played in his third Challenge Cup Final and won his fifth Super League title as part of the successful side in the club’s history.
During the 2012 campaign Danny suffered a knee injury against Widnes that ruled him out of that year’s Challenge Cup Final but came back to win his sixth Grand Final. He scored 22 tries in 26 appearances, which included five tries in the Magic Weekend win over Bradford Bulls.
In 2014 Danny finally added the trophy that had eluded him through his career, scoring a try in the Challenge Cup Final against Castleford when the Rhinos secured the famous trophy for the first time since 1999.
2015 saw the golden generation complete another incredible achievement by securing the League Leaders, Challenge Cup and Grand Final for the first time in the club’s history.
On the international scene Danny has represnted his country at all levels and was the star of the England Academy tour to New Zealand and Australia during the summer of 2001 and also went to South Africa with England Under 21 at the end of the season. He developed from there and played for England A in the 2003 European Nations and tour game against Australia.
The game against the Kangaroos at Brentford saw McGuire catapulted to national acclaim and in 2004 he was recognised by the Great Britain selectors and was part of the Tri Nations squad. He was introduced as a substitute in the opening game against Australia, but was then given a starting place against New Zealand and his stepping run set up a crucial try for Stuart Reardon to help give Great Britain the 22-12 victory.
In the final however Danny was again left on the bench for the start of the game and when he was brought on his side were already losing 26-0. He missed the 2005 Tri Nations with injury but made a comeback to the team in the XXXX Test against New Zealand when he scored two tries in the Lions 46-14 win.
He was then named in the squad for the Tri Nations in Australia and scored a try in the side's final match of the tournament against Australia. In 2007 he won a further four caps and helped the side to a series whitewash over New Zealand.
In 2008 Danny scored a try for England in their Test game against France and then was part of the England side who competed in the World Cup in Australia before receiving another call up in 2009 to the England side for the Four Nations, where he made 2 appearances in the tournament.
If Danny had not become a professional rugby league player he would have liked to have been a professional cricketer, his childhood hero was former Leeds legend Garry Schofield and he lists his favourite music likes as house and rap.