McDermott eager to create memories
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott admits he lives for moments like Super League Grand Finals, as he aims to lead the club to their eighth Old Trafford success in 14 years.
The Rhinos face Castleford on Saturday evening and were handed a boost with the news that the Tigers' influential full back, Zak Hardaker, will miss the game, following an undisclosed breach of club rules.
Leeds finished some distance behind the Tigers in the League table, but both sets of players know that the title will be decided over the course of 80 minutes.
"If we win on Saturday night, this is why I am involved - for moments like this. I am not involved for the money or the cars or the profile. The game is about being successful as a group, and we have an opportunity to do that this weekend," said McDermott, whose side narrowly overcame Hull FC in the semi-final.
"This is why I do the job. I don't care what happens next week, I don't care what happens next year - I love the moments. When we beat Hull last Friday that was a really special moment."
The 2017 season marks the end of an era for the Rhinos. The old South Stand has been demolished and will make way for a new structure, while the North side of the ground is also set to be renovated.
"We have had some special nights at Headingley and last week was up there," added McDermott.
"This is special. There's a lot going on in our players' brains at the moment because of what they've been through, but I know they can't wait to play on Saturday."
Leeds are 6/4 to win the Grand Final while Castleford can be backed at 8/15.
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