Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have received a huge boost with the news that skipper Danny Kirmond has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2016.
Wildcats’ captain fantastic was out-of-contract at the end of next season and the decision to pledge his future to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium club represents a big coup for Wakefield.
Kirmond’s form this season has resulted in many, at the Wildcats and elsewhere, calling for him to be called-up to the England squad.
Wakefield head coach Richard Agar also expected interest from other clubs in one of his star performers but that worry will now disappear with a new deal signed, sealed and delivered.
Kirmond, a Sharlston-born former Stanley Rangers junior, said the decision to commit to Wakefield was an easy one to make.
“I’ve made no secret that it’s a club I wanted to stay at,” he said.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here and it’s the most I’ve enjoyed my rugby since leaving Featherstone and playing part-time.
“I feel the club is going in the right direction. We’re performing better each year on the field and we’ve already signed up a number of our current squad on longer term deals which was important to me, and I believe we’re talking to Rich about extending his deal as well.
“He’s definitely brought out the best in my game so I never had to work too hard on the deal with the club, it was always what I wanted to do.”
If passed fit from a leg injury, Kirmond will make his 100th Super League appearance when Wakefield host Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.
Fifty-five appearances have come in the red, white and blue of the Wildcats and Kirmond says his time with his hometown club has been the most enjoyable of his career so far.
He said: “It’s the best that I’ve been playing. There’s no coincidence with how much I’m enjoying myself here as well. That’s when I play my best rugby and this has been the most enjoyable period of my career.
“I feel like it’s the best I’ve played but I’m playing in a great team and I’ve got really good players around me like Timmy (Smith) and Deano (Collis) so I’m just enjoying playing at the moment and working hard.”
Wildcats have had to fend off approaches from Hull KR for winger Ben Cockayne and Wildcats head coach Richard Agar expected some interest in Kirmond, among other Wakefield players, thanks to his form this campaign.
Agar handed Kirmond the captain’s armband for the first time and the Wildcats boss is delighted that the second-rower will remain at the club for at least another three seasons.
“His form has ensured that there have been a number of clubs casting an envious eye over him and means we’ve had to fight pretty hard for his signature,” said Agar.
“It’s great for our club. He’s our captain and takes his role very seriously indeed.
“In the days where players can move quite easily and in a market that’s very player driven, it’s great for us that we can hold onto our best talent because they believe in each other and believe they can achieve what they want out of the game at the club.”
Keep checking the Express website and his column in Friday’s Express for more from the Wildcats skipper.