Danny McGuire fresh after making Leeds Rhinos return

Danny McGuire
McGuire has been out since the Rhinos' play-off win over Wigan last season

Leeds stand-off Danny McGuire was upbeat after coming through Monday's 34-16 victory over Crusaders unscathed.

The 28-year-old returned to action after seven months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

"I got a few knocks, I tested it out and everything felt great with the knee so I'm looking forward to the next few weeks now," said McGuire.

"I really enjoyed it. It's been a long time since I last played and I really missed it."

McGuire's return as a 24th-minute substitute at Headingley kick-started a period in which Brett Delaney, Carl Ablett and Keith Senior went over to give Leeds an 18-0 half-time lead.

"I just tried to go on and give the lads a little bit more energy," he added.

"It was pretty sapping conditions with the weather and I didn't play on Thursday so I was a little bit fresher and a little bit more excited than them.

"I just tried to do my bit and get involved in as many plays as I could and luckily we had a good spell where we put a few tries together."

McGuire had been out of action since Leeds' 27-26 play-off win over Wigan in September.

In his absence the Rhinos lost five and drew one of their opening 10 Super League matches, but wins over Bradford and Crusaders in the Easter programme mean the Rhinos now sit sixth in the table, just four points behind league leaders St Helens.

"The most frustrating thing about being a player is when you can't be out there doing your bit for the team and helping out the lads," said McGuire.

"I think it's going to take a while to get back to some of the form I was in last year but you've got to start somewhere."