Quitting not an option for Leeds boss
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Brian McDermott says quitting as Leeds head coach never crossed his mind during what he accepts has been a disappointing season.
The 2015 Super League and Challenge Cup champions brought the curtain down on their year on Thursday night with a 37-12 win over Leigh to round off the Super League Qualifiers.
Having completed the treble last season, a fight against relegation has been a massive comedown for the Rhinos, who found themselves at the foot of the table at times during the early part of the campaign.
Leeds have not been helped by not being able to use their Kirkstall training base all season after it was flooded, while McDermott has had to blood several youngsters due to injuries to key players.
Despite the tide turning in spectacular fashion after a successful first five years of his reign, McDermott claims he has not thought about walking away from the job.
"I couldn't live with myself," he said when asked about quitting. "I stayed on the rock face. I wasn't sure if I could climb up and I knew climbing down wasn't an option, but dropping off is absolutely not an option."
McDermott went on to say that he was happy to end a difficult season and hopes to find the answer to Leeds' problems during the winter.
"The fact we found ourselves in the middle eight was a huge blow to us," he added. "When we lost that game to Widnes by a drop goal that meant we were in the Qualifiers, that was a big blow.
"It's been my toughest year in rugby league, for sure. When I coached down at London it was hard yards but there was always a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that I was always chasing.
"There didn't seem to be an answer this year."