Captain Danny Kirmond made a triumphant return at the weekend after being out for three months with a shoulder injury.
The skipper started on the bench against Sheffield Eagles, but was forced to replace Scott Anderson who picked up a knee injury in the opening five minute.
“It was really good to get back out there with the boys; it’s been frustrating watching and not being able to help out. Especially as things have really picked up since Brian came in and I’ve not been involved on the field where I want to be. So results wise last weekend wasn’t the best for us, but it was important that I could get a run out and minutes under my belt and prepare for this week.
“My shoulder is feeling good; I came through the game unscathed. It was good to get out there and get a bit of confidence back in the shoulder; everything is feeling good after the game.”
It did not take Kirmond long to get to grips back out there on the field after he kept Wakefield’s chances alive after scoring a try on the 29th minute after he barged through the Eagles defence from close range.
“It is always nice to get over the line but it is a bit of a cliché. I would have swapped that for a win for the team, it was more about getting out there and getting a lot of minutes under my belt and really pushing myself up for selection for this week.”
However, the skipper has put the disappointing result at Sheffield behind him to concentrate on what could be one of the biggest games in Wakefield’s history on Saturday in the Million Pound fixture against Championship side Bradford Bulls, who are looking at making a return back into the Super League.
“I wouldn’t say I feel a lot of pressure, it is more excitement for me. It is like playing in a final, those are the kind of games you look forward to as a player, and I think that’s the way you have got to look at it really. We have got to relish it and relish the challenge at the weekend. It is a big game, it is one we look forward to and one we can win super league status.
“I am feeling confident about this weekend; my shoulder feels good, I am just a little bit sore from my first game yesterday. It is going to be a massive game and a massive atmosphere, both teams are selling a lot of tickets already, it looks like it is going to be a full house, which we haven’t played in front of for a long time. We are looking forward to putting a good performance in there and getting a win.”