Barrie McDermott to depart from Leeds after two decades

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that Barrie McDermott will be departing from his role as player welfare manager, bringing an end to 20 years at the club.

McDermott signed for Leeds as a player in 1995, and went on to make 283 appearances, winning a stack of honours and international caps in the process.

He will now embark on a new project alongside Sky Sports colleague Terry O’Connor, as well as continuing his media work.

“It is with a mix of pride and sadness that this September, in my 20th year, I will be leaving Leeds CF&A to combine working for Sky TV and pursue a new venture ‘Front Row 1895’ with my close mate Terry O’Connor,” said McDermott.

“We intend to build better players by giving them plenty of advice, support and guidance during their journey as a player so that when the time comes, they go into the next phase of life on their own terms.

“The welfare of players is something we are both passionate about and will strive to support players before during and after a successful career.

“My deep joy has always been about working with the players in our sport, helping them to make the most of their opportunities. With my new business, Terry and I will aim to help them better themselves on and off the pitch.

“I joined Leeds at a time when the club was recovering from one of the most harrowing periods in its history and I’m leaving with it being the best club in the game, on and off the pitch.”

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