New Toronto head coach Brian McDermott says the lure of a unique challenge persuaded him to join the Canadian club.
The Wolfpack confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the game on Sunday as they unveiled the 48-year-old as the man to replace outgoing coach Paul Rowley.
McDermott’s arrival is seen as a coup for Toronto. During his time at Leeds, he became the most successful coach of the Super League era, but has now decided to make the move to the Championship.
Following his appointment, McDermott said: “After being at the Rhinos for so long, I always knew I couldn’t just roll into any other club so easily. Toronto Wolfpack offers a challenge and ambition that not many other clubs have, already demonstrating this with how they’ve gone about getting to this stage.
“I’m excited on being a part of something that could genuinely be a game changer for Rugby League in the UK.”
Brian Noble, the Toronto’s Director of Rugby who coached McDermott during his time at Bradford added: “We are delighted to bring in a Head Coach of Brian’s Calibre, who we believe can lead us to the Super League. Brian is a world class coach and we are extremely excited that he has come on board with the Wolfpack. His track record in the game speaks for itself and having known Brian for many years, I know he has all the right attributes to take the club forward.”