Brian McDermott takes surprising new role in sensational return

Former Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott has joined Championship side Oldham as coaching consultant.

McDermott, who was at Headingley for eight years where he helped guide Leeds to four Grand Final triumphs, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge, will help fill the void at the Roughyeds created by the departure of Matt Diskin as head coach.

The former Bradford forward will start immediately, with Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton happy to bring the 51-year-old on board to work alongside Brendan Sheridan.

“This is a huge capture for the club and one that I am sure will be massively welcomed by all concerned, especially by our supporters,” Hamilton said.

“Brian is coming in as coaching consultant until the end of the season – he will be at training tomorrow night – and he will work closely with Shez.

“His marvellous record as player and coach speaks for itself. More than that, he is his own man and that was very much part of the appeal in talking to him.

“I have always had a lot of respect for Brian and I don’t think we could have got anyone better in the situation we are in.”

McDermott was happy to join the Roughyeds.

“Chris asked me for help and advice. We met for talks and I am pleased to say I will come on board at Roughyeds as a coaching consultant until the end of the season,” McDermott said.

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