Brian McDermott has signed a five-year contract extension to remain head coach of newly-promoted Toronto Wolfpack.

The 49-year-old, who took over the Canadian side in November 2018 ahead of the 2019 campaign, was brought in to gain promotion to the Betfred Super League.

He did that with his first attempt as they lost just one game all season, before defeating Featherstone Rovers 24-6 in the Million Pound Game at Lamport Stadium to gain promotion to Super League.

The former Leeds Rhinos and Harlequins RL coach said: “In 2020 we will be in the Super League and on a personal note, I can’t wait to get back there but more importantly, this Club deserves to be at the top level and we will give a strong showing week in and week out.

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“I want to thank the players, staff and fans in Toronto and abroad for welcoming me into the Wolfpack family. The Club is fantastic and I am thrilled to commit long-term and to continue on what is and will be an exciting journey. Toronto Wolfpack offers a challenge and ambition that not many other clubs have.

“I’m excited at being a part of something that could genuinely be a game changer for rugby league in the UK and around the world.” 

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