posted on 30 August 2014

Danny Kirmond is determined for the Wildcats to kick-on after a testing 12 months.

Danny Kirmond wants the Wildcats to kick-on after surviving a testing year.

Sunday’s game will come just over a year since the clubs perilous financial position was brought to light and Tim Smith became the first of a host of departures from the playing squad as new Chairman Michael Carter and director Chris Brereton worked to keep the club afloat.

Trinity were forced to recruit late and after Scott Anderson, Matt Ryan and Pita Godinet arrived just days before the first game of the year, Trinity were still adding to the squad in the opening weeks with Nick Scruton and Jarrod  Sammut both arriving from Bradford Bulls.

Richard Agar left the club midway through the campaign and it’s been a year that has also seen victories over the likes of Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves.

The primary objective of Super League survival was achieved and now the club look ahead to 2015 with renewed optimism.  Whilst Kirmond reflects of the triumph over adversity, he is already targeting further progress, starting with Sunday’s game against Salford Red Devils.

“If you look at 12 months ago and where the club was, we’re now signing players and not selling players.  We’re not in the relegation dogfight that everyone predicted we would be in.  People are talking about us pushing for a top eight spot and not many people would have given us a chance for that.

“If you take a step back and look at it I think you’d be really happy with where we are at the moment.  But I think it says a lot for the club that we’re not all happy with where we are and we want to push on further.

“There’s a great feeling around the place at the moment.  Since Webbo took over the form of the club has really gone through the roof.  We’ve had some great results and have been really good at home generally.  We know we’ve got to be at our best week-in, week-out.  We’re not the type of team with ten superstars and can afford seven players not at their best and still snag a win somewhere.

“We’ve all got to play to our best to get anything we’re going to get out of a game.

“We’re a team that has really built something over this last three years.  It’s important we finish well for ourselves and to leave the season with a good feeling behind it but also for a few players who are leaving having been there for those three years.

“We’ve built some great friendships, a great atmosphere around the club and it’s important we send those people off on a high as well.”

You can hear more from Kirmond on the Wildcats Audioboo channel by clicking HERE.

You can do your bit to help the club push on after a testing year by signing up for a 2015 season ticket when they go on sale on Monday.  All the details can be found HERE.


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