posted on 7 June 2012

Fresh from announcing the news Danny Kirmond has been awarded the captaincy at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, Trinity head coach Richard Agar has explained the decision.

Richard Agar believes taking the pressure of captaincy from Steve Southern will aid the Australian's game.

The news was made public at Thursday’s lunchtime press conference after Kirmond has been the on-field captain over the last two weeks.

The former Huddersfield Giants man replaces Steve Southern and Agar was eager to give his reasons behind the change in skipper.

“It is the way we have been rolling for a while and it’s not something we have made a massive issue of by putting it out there in the press,” commented Agar.

“Danny Kirmond had been captaining the side when Steve Southern got injured.  Steve spent 4-5 weeks on the sideline and has since started a number of games on the bench this year so we just felt internally, having spoken to Steve he was happy in relinquishing the role and concentrating on his own game and fitness.

“He was not having the sort of impact as captain that we thought he might have done and that was probably due injuries and we want to get the most out of him as an individual and as a player. That is something we changed a couple of weeks ago but nobody picked up on it but we now feel the time is right to tell everyone.”

The Wildcats number 17 was made Southern’s deputy at the start of the current campaign and his head coach thinks his form since then has convinced him to make the change.

“Danny was our vice-captain and we feel he has really grown into the role. At the start of the year he was given the opportunity to captain due to Steve’s injury and it coincided with a real up-spurt in form for him and I think his stature within the group during that time has grown.

“He took on the responsibility and the mantle of being captain extremely well and we think it has had an extremely positive impact on his game and a big impact on the group in terms of his leadership.

“We have rubber stamped it and made it permanent until the end of this year while we have also promoted Richard Mathers up to vice-captain and he has already captained us once this year. He is another influential member of our group and we made that permanent too.

“We will still assess the captaincy at the end of the year.  We have just transferred the captaincy to somebody who will be on the pitch more often. It is not a huge issue for us I think it is a terrific accolade for Danny being a local lad.

“He is a Sharlston boy so this is very much his home time club, I know his family will be very proud of him,” said the head coach.

Australian back-rower Southern is still very much part of the Wildcats ‘leadership group’ which is a selection of senior players that have extra responsibility both on and off the field. The man who the group report to feels it is a vital part of the connection between the players and the coaching staff.

“I think leadership is incredibly important but throwing all of the leadership onto one person is not the way to go and that is something that doesn’t really happen anymore. Most teams now have a leadership group and have five or six players who the coach can turn to as being senior players.

“Steve is still very much part of our leadership group with Danny, Richard and a couple of other lads in there too.

“They have a weekly meeting about the good and bad things that are going on that have happened during the week. They do their own review of the game and us as coaches receive feedback from them and as coaching staff we run things by them.

“They get a lot of responsibility and we discuss things like our training programme, team selection about tactics so we get a good opinion on how my players are thinking.”

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