Captain’s Column: Praise for the ‘bearded army’, honoured by England links and enjoying some time off

BEARDED ARMY: Wakefield Wildcats fans pay tribute to captain Danny Kirmond
BEARDED ARMY: Wakefield Wildcats fans pay tribute to captain Danny Kirmond

I twisted my ankle a few times against Widnes on Monday night and hobbled off the pitch but I should be fine to face Leeds next week.

The ankle is a bit sore at the moment and it’d have been hit and miss if I could play this weekend, but the week off has given me a bit more time to recover.

It was a scrappy game on Monday but the two points were all that mattered at this stage of the season.

It shows how tight we are as a group that we managed to come through that and get the two points.

It was nice to see some fans wearing ginger beards in the crowd! I’ve said it plenty of times but I’m loving my time here at Wakefield and it’s nice to see that support.

We were given a bit of time off after Monday’s match and we went on a bit of a team trip to the cricket at Headingley on Tuesday.

Andy Raleigh got us the tickets, he knows Ryan Sidebottom quite well. Kyle Amor came along and I think he fell in love with Ryan! They’re hair twins and I think they were inseparable!

It was a good day, especially with the weather we had, and it was a bit of a luxury for us.

Obviously we’d still like to be in the Challenge Cup this weekend but we had a bit of a break at a similar time last season and it didn’t do us any harm so hopefully it will be the same this season.

The preparation for back-to-back games against Leeds will really start early next week. They’re going to be two really tough games but exciting games to be a part of and exciting for the fans.

There’s been talk of my form being good enough for England this week.

All I can say is that as a player you always dream of representing your country and I’m no different.

I used to watch Great Britain as a kid and playing for your country is the highest accolade in the game - it would be amazing.

First and foremost I’m focusing on Wakefield, which is the most important thing, and anything that comes from that is a bonus.

Some people talk about Wakefield being an ‘unfashionable’ club. When Danny Brough played here he didn’t get picked for England but did when he moved to Huddersfield.

Having said that we’ve had plenty of matches on television and I think we’re becoming more fashionable.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been talking to the club about a new contract.

I’ve said openly that I’d love to stay here. I love all the boys and I can’t say enough how much Richard Agar has done for my career.

I had a couple of tough years at Huddersfield and Rich convinced me to sign for Wakefield and my career has gone from strength-to-strength since joining so I owe a lot to him. Hopefully you’ll be hearing something on the contract soon.

- Danny.