LEEDS will embark on a new era when they return to Headingley tonight and coach Brian McDermott accepts it could take some time for the players to readjust to the changed surroundings.

The famous ground is undergoing a major redevelopment, which will not be completed for another 14 months, but work is advanced enough for the Rhinos to play their Super League round five fixture against Hull there.

The ground capacity has been cut to 12,500, with 2,000 fans accommodated in the part-built new South Stand and a further 2,500 housed in a temporary North Stand.

McDermott said: "It's important that we get back here and start to rack some games up here. It's been a long while and there's a different feeling to it.

"We start a new era and we're the first team that's going to try and create that new atmosphere that makes Headingley a daunting place to come to.

"There will be less seats and a reduced capacity but there is a responsibility for the crowd to try to scare the life out of the opposition as much as they used to do when it was nice and comfortable.

"It's going to be hard to start with but hopefully within about two or three home games we'll develop our own back-yard mentality.

"We played the last few games without the South Stand and it was like looking into Mrs Robinson's front room watching Coronation Street, which I found distracting.

"The new South Stand is already very imposing and the North Stand is going to be even bigger."

Leeds' last appearance at Headingley was in September, when they inflicted on Hull a 13th successive home defeat going back to 2007.

Hull vice-captain Scott Taylor, who will lead the side in the continuing absence of Danny Houghton, insists he does not believe in hoodoos.

He said: "It doesn't come into our mindset. Every game is worth two points.

"Radders (coach Lee Radford) mentioned it to us after Friday's game that we haven't won there in 11 years.

"But leading the boys out this time, the only thing on my mind will be picking up those two points and not what's happened over the last decade.

"I'm not a believer in hoodoos. We did a job on them away from home in last year's Challenge Cup semi-final, so there's no reason why we can't do it at Headingley."

While Hull managed to get their home game on against Warrington last Friday, and picked up their second win of the season, Leeds were forced to postpone their scheduled home fixture with Catalans Dragons due to snow.

McDermott says it proved a positive and explained: "We wanted to play but, because we had so many blokes out with injury, it was a blessing in disguise.

"It's allowed one or two blokes who were going to be touch and go to be more certain this week."

Teenager Jack Walker is one of the beneficiaries after recovering from a knee injury sustained in the World Club Challenge but he will have to start on the bench, with Ashton Golding keeping the full-back role.

"Ashton was outstanding defensively against Widnes and he keeps the shirt," said McDermott.