HI, Jamahl here, and can I start by saying what a fantastic win Sunday was for the Giants!
We have been working really hard out on the training pitch and I think last Sunday was a result of some hard work and disappointment for the two previous poor showings.
The crowd of over 7,000 was, I’m sure, given a taste of what’s in store for 2008.
I spoke to former Giant and good mate Robbie Paul after the match and he said he saw two, maybe three, of the best tries of the year in one game.
Tomorrow’s match against Hull FC could be a good chance for us to get some momentum and make our Super League charge.
Now this week we take a look at an exciting young prospect that I’ve had the chance to watch this pre-season.
And, let me tell you, this kid is going to be something special!
I speak of 22-year-old Danny Kirmond.
Born in Pontefract, Danny is a Yorkshire lad through and through, having lived just outside Featherstone for most of his life.
Danny played most of his senior rugby league with Featherstone Rovers when he became a regular on the wing.
Danny scored an amazing 25 tries last year in the National League I competition, a feat that not many players can say they have done.
With a full-time contact handed to him this year, Danny has joined a Super League squad filled with youthful talent and I’m sure you will see him in the Giants first team this year.
And my partner in crime, Andy Raleigh, and myself caught up with him earlier in the week.
Jamahl: How has the transition from National League I to Super League been for you?
Danny: It’s been great, the best thing about it has been the full-time training. Last year I was working with a bathroom company and playing for Featherstone, so it was a bit tiring. Training with the first team full-time, everything you do is watched by the coaches, and advice and criticism is given at every session so you have to be at your best all the time. This has improved my game out of sight.
Andy: How has the training been compared with National league I, and how have you adjusted from wing to back row?
Danny: Well, moving from wing to back row, obviously it’s a lot more physical, your workrate has to be up, both in attack and defence, which means more carries and a lot more tackles. As I said before, having coaches watching over you all the time at training has been intense and a lot more physical.
Jamahl: How did you end up at Huddersfield?
Danny: I was looking at a few other Super League clubs and came for a look around the town and the facilities and found them great. The team also consisted of a combination of youth and experience, which was very appealing.
Andy: Outside of rugby, what are some of your interests?
Danny: I like playing golf, hanging out with mates, just chilling really. I enjoy the occasional night out with my friends.
Jamahl: Your new teammates. Who has helped you and who do you look up to in the senior players?
Danny: Rocket (Rod Jensen), pictured left, does a lot with the young boys, he always goes out of his way to help us and talk to us about the more important things. I look up to the guys that have been successful like Skando (John Skandalis), you Jammer, of course!, and Wildy (Stephen Wild). I can learn a lot from the more experienced players who have all been at the top for a long time and they never shy from helping us young guys.
Jamahl: Finally, which of your teammates is most annoying?
Danny: I’d have to say Griffo (Darrell Griffin), he’s always in his undies and looking at himself in the mirror. He must not know that he’s a front rower! Kev Brown is always having a crack at my head size when his is extremely small, only on a 15-inch neck, so he could be up there as well!
Well our thanks go to Danny for his time and I’m sure we’ll see more of him in this year’s charge.
I hope to see a rowdy Huddersfield crowd get behind the Giants again tomorrow.
With this town’s support I’m sure we can become a force in this year’s competition.
See you all at the game!