Wakefield Wildcats: Captain Kirmond could pledge career to Wildcats

COMMITTED: Danny Kirmond takes a swing during Danny McGuire's Testimonial Golf Day on Monday.
COMMITTED: Danny Kirmond takes a swing during Danny McGuire's Testimonial Golf Day on Monday.

Committed Wakefield Trinity Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond says he could spend the rest of his playing career in the red, white and blue of his hometown club.

Kirmond, one of Wakefield’s star performers so far this season, ended speculation over his immediate future by signing a new contract with Wakefield that will take him up until the end of 2016.

That deal will keep him at the Super League club until he is 30 and the second-rower has revealed there is no reason why he cannot stay beyond that if all goes well.

“The new deal will take me up to when I’m 30 and so I see no reason why I won’t spend the rest of my career here,” said Kirmond.

“I’d like to play for another three or four years after that and I’m not the type of player who moves from pillar to post. It obviously depends on a lot of things though, such as if my form is still good and the club still wants me then.”

The 27-year-old has made no secret of his joy at captaining his hometown club and his current happiness within the Wildcats camp.

Those emotions have resulted in Kirmond enjoying arguably the best form of his career, with many calling on England head coach Steve McNamara to include the former Stanley Rangers junior in the national set-up.

His form has also caught the attention of other Super League club but Kirmond’s decision to pledge his future to Wakefield was a relatively easy one to make.

“My agent spoke to me about a few clubs showing some interest, which was flattering,” he said.

“But I always wanted to get a new deal done at Wakefield. I’ve spent some time at a top-four club in Huddersfield and it didn’t really work out for me there. I’m also really enjoying my rugby here as I’ve said many times and that’s really important for my game.”

Kirmond never tires of leading Wakefield out at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and if he gets the nod to start against Leeds Rhinos tomorrow night (kick-off 8pm) it will be his 100th career Super League appearance.

The former Huddersfield man is hoping many more follow, and his dream is to one day lead Wakefield out at a new stadium.

“It’d be awesome if I was captain to lead the team out at a new stadium,” he said.

“That was something that was in my mind, not many players get the chance to do that so it would be brilliant if I could.”

See Friday’s Express for Kirmond’s weekly column and all the latest Wildcats news.