Captain’s Column: Proud to join 100 club

Danny Kirmond proud to make 100th Super League appearance.
Danny Kirmond proud to make 100th Super League appearance.

I was really disappointed that I missed last week’s crucial game with Leeds Rhinos through injury.

I struggled through training with a dead leg all last week and when it got to game day it tightened up a bit more.

It was a shame to miss the game but I’ve trained all week and I’m feeling a lot better and raring to go this weekend.

To not get the win against Leeds was disappointing as I thought we were competitive throughout and played better than we had Headingley the weekend before.

Unfortunately, we came up with some silly errors and they are a team who can really hurt you, they show that every year with how well they have done.

At this stage of the season it’s not about performance, all that matters is getting points on the board and moving up the table.

We are so close to the playoffs and at it would be disappointing if we ended up missing out.

This week we play Bradford at home looking to exact revenge for our opening day defeat.

A lot has been said about Bradford’s financial problems and failure to pay their players, but I don’t think it will affect the team.

People tend to look at this kind of stuff as a negative thing towards the players, but it’s a tough situation, you have ti remember that these people have mortgages and things to pay and they can’t afford to go unpaid.

As a team it can sometimes mean you are a lot closer together and can bring out big performances from the players.

During my loan spell here, there were suggestions that we were going to have money problems, and all it did was bring us closer together as a team.

The game against Bradford will be my hundredth Super League appearance, and a really special occasion for me.

It will be a proud moment to play my hundredth game for Wakefield, as I had always dreamt of playing rugby as a career.

When I told my mum I wanted to be a professional rugby player she told me to go to college instead, which I did, but always came back to rugby.

It’s something my family and I are really proud of and to lead my hometown team out for my hundredth game will be really special.

Rich Agar has had his kicking boots on in training this week, he even got his legs out!

Ollie Wilkes was out there putting him through his paces as well.

-Danny