McDermott praise for Smith

  • Last Updated: August 24 2012, 12:15 BST

Leeds coach Brian McDermott is relishing the chance to pit his wits against his old mentor Tony Smith, a man he has dubbed the "greatest ever overseas coach".

Brian McDermott: Big fan of Tony Smith

McDermott, who was assistant to Smith at Leeds up to 2006, will go head to head with Warrington's Australian boss in Saturday's Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

"I think Tony Smith is the greatest overseas coach we have ever had in this country," McDermott said.

"You only need to look at his record at Huddersfield, Leeds and Warrington to see that.

"Not only has he made those teams successful but he has changed the entire culture of those organisations for the better and left a lasting legacy when he has moved on.

"I have a great deal of admiration for Tony and have always gone on record to say how much I learnt from working alongside him.

"We face a very tough Warrington side on Saturday, not just because of the talents they possess as individuals but because those individuals are coached by Tony Smith."