KIRMOND HONOURED TO BE HANDED CAPTAINCY

posted on 7 June 2012

Danny Kirmond has today being handed the captaincy on a full-time basis by head coach Richard Agar.

Danny Kirmond is the new captain of Wakefield Wildcats with Richard Mathers made vice-captain.

The back rower has been one of Trinity’s star performers since his arrival from Huddersfield Giants and will officially be handed the privilege on Sunday when he will lead the team out against Hull FC.

It is a move that was made internally in recent weeks, with Agar deciding the time was right to make it public knowledge that Kirmond will take on the role for the rest of the season.

It will not be the first time the 26-year-old will lead the team after recently leading from the front during Steve Southern’s injury absence at different points in 2012.

‘Kirmo’ is without doubt a fans favourite at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and also played for the Wildcats in 2010 when he moved from the Galpharm on-loan.

Wakefield’s number 17 couldn’t hold back his delight at the announcement.

“It is something I am really proud of and it’s a massive honour to captain your home town club,” he told the weekly press conference where the news was announced.

“It is not something that I have really looked at doing before but being given the opportunity is a huge accolade for myself.

“I’ve never been a captain elsewhere and when I came here I was the vice-captain which I feel helped myself out on the field and helped me push just that little bit harder. As soon as the opportunity came up to step up to the next level it really was something I wanted to grab hold of with both hands.”

The Stanley Rangers amateur has actually been the clubs on field captain for the last two games after Steve Southern relinquished the role to focus on his own game after discussions with Agar, but the Australian will remain part of the senior players group.

“It has been an easy transition and I think that says a lot for Steve because he is a good leader and he is really experienced.  It says a lot for his professionalism the way he has dealt with it being passed over to myself. He has dug in the last few weeks and played some really tough rugby which is what everybody wants to see.

“The first game I was actually captain was Castleford at Magic but to be honest it does make it so much easier with the experience around me with people like Tim Smith and Ali Lauitiiti just to name two, they really do take the pressure off me.

“I have captained a few games when Steve has been out too which is something I really enjoyed and that has shown in my form and I think that’s why I’ve been handed this opportunity,” said the new skipper.

Richard Mathers has also taken a promotion to vice-captain after his strong start to the season and Kirmond says personally he doesn’t feel under pressure.

“I am quite a laid back person but a laid back person that wants to do my best but not just for myself, but for the team as well. I have the captaincy now but that is no added pressure for me it just makes me want to be better.”

The former Huddersfield man was in jovial mood and explained not everybody he knows will be delighted with the news.

“It won’t be too proud a moment for my dad and my gran because they are massive Featherstone fans but obviously they are really happy and proud of me. They really do enjoy watching me play week-in, week-out.”

Meanwhile the positive news comes after a scan cleared Kirmond of a fractured cheekbone after he left the field against London clutching his face.

“There was a little bit of fear I may have broken my cheekbone but luckily the x-ray showed no damage so I must have been a little bit soft so I am fine for this weekend.”

Tickets for this Sunday’s game are on sale with a big crowd expected after back-to-back wins for the first time in 2012.

Secure your place at the game by visiting either the Ridings Centre Store, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box calling 01924 201548 or buy online.

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