McDermott quits 'taxing' Quins job to join the Rhinos

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Brian McDermott is leaving his job as coach of Harlequins to join the staff at Leeds. The former Bradford and Great Britain prop has been in charge at The Stoop for four seasons and has shown a fierce commitment to keeping the code alive in London, but he was a candidate for the job at Bradford, before Mick Potter was appointed.

"I've really enjoyed my four years at Harlequins, but I now feel the time is right to hand over the reins," he said. "I want to spend more time with my family in Yorkshire."

The news that he is leaving comes after a continuing struggle to avoid the wooden spoon and the loss of a number of players for next season. It is, as the Quins' chairman, David Hughes, said yesterday "the hardest job in Super League".

The Huddersfield prop, Keith Mason, has been banned for three matches for standing on Stuart Fielden's leg against Wigan. His team-mate, Darrell Griffin, has received a one-match ban for his part in the ensuing fight, with Fielden also suspended for one. Jordan Tansey of Hull has been suspended for two matches after being sent off for a dangerous throw against Crusaders.