Leeds United travel home from their pre-season tour of Slovenia in good spirits after enjoying a pleasing trip in preparation for the 2013/14 Championship season.
Although the tour ended with a 1-0 defeat to Ferencvaros on Tuesday evening, the manager was proud of the effort and desire his team showed during their time in Slovenia.
"I'm really, really pleased with the players, it was a real test," McDermott told LeedsUnited.com. "We've been here for nine days of tough training.
"I said to the players 'this is the reason we have come to a place like this' because it is going to hold us in good stead for the season and that's the only thing that matters to me, the season and the 46 games we will be playing.
"The boys have conducted themselves really well and they have been a credit to the club. I hope the travelling fans have enjoyed themselves over here and it is a place that you would have no problem coming back to."
Leeds lost two of their three friendlies while away, with McDermott rotating the team in the latter stages of matches to ensure everyone got some playing time.
Defender Lee Peltier insisted that they will benefit from the experience and that they can't wait for the season to begin.
“I’m really looking forward to the season now. All the lads are too. I think we’ll have a great chance." He told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“They (Ferencvaros) are as tough a team as you’d get in the Championship but we want to challenge ourselves against the best teams. The lads did well.
“It was a lively atmosphere but they were a good team. It brings a bit of realism to the whole occasion and you don’t feel like you’ve been playing a friendly.
"The football reminded me a lot of what we’ll get in the Championship. We’ve got work left to do but I can’t wait for it all to start for real.”
Leeds are away to Walsall on Saturday as their preparation continues, they will hope to get some good results in before the start of the new season. McDermott has the challenge of regaining the clubs top-flight status after a nine year absence from the Premier League.
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