Wakefield Wildcats are delighted to announce that captain Danny Kirmond has signed a new contract with the club.
The in-form forward will remain in the red, white and blue until the end of 2016, becoming the second senior player after Dean Collis to extend his deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium during this campaign.
Kirmond joined the Wildcats on a permanent basis at the start of 2012 on a three-year deal that was due to expire at the end of next season, but such has been his form in Trinity’s pursuit of the play-offs, the skipper has been rewarded with a new contract.
The 27-year old was named vice-captain upon his arrival and took on the full captaincy at Magic Weekend in 2012. He has thrived under the extra responsibility and has led by example for Richard Agar’s men ever since. Such has been his form he has been touted by some as a contender for Steve Mcnamara’s World Cup squad.
Having started his career as a winger at Featherstone Rovers, the former Stanley Rangers amateur went on to make over 50 appearances for Huddersfield Giants and spent time on loan at the Wildcats in 2010.
Kirmond was thrilled to put pen to paper on a new contract with his hometown club.
“I’ve made no secret that it’s a club I wanted to stay at,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed my time here and it’s the most I’ve enjoyed my rugby since leaving Featherstone and playing part-time.
“I feel the club is going in the right direction. We’re performing better each year on the field and we’ve already signed up a number of our current squad on longer term deals which was important to me, and I believe we’re talking to Rich about extending his deal as well.
“He’s definitely brought out the best in my game so I never had to work too hard on the deal with the club, it was always what I wanted to do.”
Kirmond has made 55 appearances for the Wildcats in all and with 12 tries to his name in 2013 is the clubs joint-second highest try scorer this season.
His try tally is his best ever in Super League and he also crossed for the first hat-trick at this level against London and should he be fit to lead the team out against Leeds Rhinos on Friday night, it will be his 100th Super League outing.
“It’s the best that I’ve been playing. There’s no coincidence with how much I’m enjoying myself here as well. That’s when I play my best rugby and this has been the most enjoyable period of my career.
“I feel like it’s the best I’ve played but I’m playing in a great team and I’ve got really good players around me like Timmy (Smith) and Deano (Collis) so I’m just enjoying playing at the moment and working hard.”
The skipper has attracted attention not only for his exploits on the field but for his impressive facial hair, born from a fining system run among the players at the club for minor misdemeanours. Kirmond paid his dues but has kept the beard since and a number of Trinity fans showed their appreciation at the clash with Widnes Vikings.
“It’s really nice for them to do things like that. As a player it’s a privilege when people do things like that and it definitely doesn’t go unnoticed. Our fans have been brilliant all season and I don’t think you can underestimate them.
“For them to go to Leeds and help give Leeds their biggest crowd they’ve had all year with some of the big games they have. For us to go there and help break the record for the season is a tremendous thing for them to do.
“Hopefully they’ll turn out in their numbers this week and repay the favour and get a packed out stadium here.”
Wildcats head coach Agar was equally pleased to secure one of his most influential players.
“His form has ensured that there have been a number of clubs casting an envious eye over him and means we’ve had to fight pretty hard for his signature. It’s great for our club. He’s our captain and takes his role very seriously indeed.
“In the days where players can move quite easily and in a market that’s very player driven, it’s great for us that we can hold onto our best talent because they believe in each other and believe they can achieve what they want out of the game at the club.”
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