Try-machine Danny McGuire is on the verge of a milestone, but he insists his best is yet to come.
The Leeds Rhinos half-back will go into Sunday’s final game of the regular Engage Super League season at Huddersfield Giants needing just one try to become only the fifth player to score a double century for the club.
He is already the highest-scoring non-winger in Leeds’ history, but reckons he is still on the comeback trail following a knee reconstruction a year ago.
“I feel like I have still got plenty in me,” said McGuire, who was sidelined from last September to April.
“I don’t feel like I am anywhere near being on top of my game, but gradually I’m getting there and the knee’s slowly starting to feel better week on week – the rest of my body is getting there as well.
“I knew it would take time, I just didn’t think it would take this long to get back to what I was. But I am going to have a big finish to the season and see where that puts me.”
Rhinos will secure fifth spot in the table if they win tomorrow and McGuire said: “We want to go into the play-offs in good form.
“That means playing well against Huddersfield, beating them and then we’ll see where we are after that.
“In the play-offs, on any day you can turn up and play well and the top six or seven all have a chance of getting to the Grand Final.
“That is what we’ve set our sights on. We need to perform against Huddersfield. We haven’t played well against the top-four teams this year, but this is a chance to put that right.”
McGuire admitted Giants “bashed” Leeds when they won 38-6 at Headingley Carnegie in April.
He added: “We were disappointed with how we played against them that night, but that was a while ago.
“Both teams have changed a bit. We have got a few players who didn’t play in that game, so hopefully we can turn it around and play a lot better this time.”
Last weekend’s 64-20 rout of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats gave Rhinos an injection of confidence ahead of tomorrow’s must-win clash.
McGuire said: “I thought we played some nice stuff last week. It was tough because we were a bit down earlier in the week, after Wembley.
“You don’t realise how draining a cup final is, the preparation for it and actually playing in it. I was feeling tired leading up to last week’s game, but all the boys put a massive effort in.
“Wakefield tried hard, like you’d expect from a team coached by John Kear. They never gave in. They’ve had it tough this season, but they dug deep.
“Entertainment-wise, I thought we threw the ball about and chanced our arm and when we do that we are a dangerous team.
“At times we got a bit carried away with it, but when there’s a scoreline like that, sometimes you do make the odd mistake here and there.
“We are happy with the tries we scored. Defensively we were a little disappointed to let in 20 points, but we are looking forward to Sunday and hopefully we can go to Huddersfield and put a good performance in.”