CHAMPIONSHIP side Toronto Wolfpack have pulled off a major coup with the appointment of former Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott as their new head coach.

The 48-year-old, who left the Rhinos following a club record seven successive Super League losses in June, succeeds Paul Rowley at the Lamport Stadium.

Former Bradford Bulls prop forward McDermott guided Leeds to glory in four Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge during his eight-year stay at Headingley.

He 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."