McDermott signs ongoing Leeds contract

Leeds have handed a ongoing rolling contract to Head Coach Brian McDermott.

McDermott, who has led the Rhinos to every possible final since joining the club at the end of 2010, has agreed a new ongoing contract of employment, as opposed to a traditional coaching or playing contract.

Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington said: “This is recognition of Brian’s ability, of what he’s achieved so far and the diverse role he has within the club.

“The Head Coach role of a Super League club is a very demanding one and a club like Leeds Rhinos aspires for the best. In Brian McDermott, we have that man.”

The former Bradford prop, who cut his coaching teeth with Harlequins, is the only English coach ever to win back-to-back Super League titles.

McDermott said: “This is a very exciting time to be part of the Leeds Rhinos club. We have enjoyed a period of unparalleled success in the club’s history with an extraordinary group of players. We will kick off the new season with a strong squad and looking to give our absolute best in every game to try and challenge for all the honours once again.”

Leeds kick-off the defence of their Super League crown with a game against Hull at Headingley tonight (Friday).

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