This season has taught Leeds so much according to head coach Brian McDermott, who saw his side round off the season with a 37-12 victory against Leigh Centurions.
“As a club and a team we have gained that much out of this season. I suppose the cliché or the soft thing to say is we’re a stronger body of people but it is true,” McDermott told Sky Sports.
“We have learned so much about each other and at the end of last season we all knew how good a team we were.
“I am not sure we knew how tough a team we were. I know we are a tough bunch of people and we have been through a horrendous time this year and stuck together.
“We never blamed anybody and got on with it and we find ourselves where we are going to be in a stronger position next year.”
McDermott was keen to point out the tough test which the newly-promoted side presented.
“I think everyone recognizes Leigh have got something about them,” he said.
“They are not in this position through luck. They played really well and played really strong.
“I thought with the amount of people that we had out tonight and some of the things that have happened in recent weeks that was a massive performance.”
There was also praise for James Segeyaro, who McDermott believes was the missing piece of the jigsaw.
“He has added a dynamic to our team that we probably lacked,” he said.
“We have also got some bodies back and we have also been able to train regularly so there’s a few things that have been put in place over the past two or three months.”