DANNY KIRMOND has revealed he joined Wakefield to help the whole Giants cause and believes the move could be the best thing for him in the long term.
The 24-year-old has signed for the Wildcats on loan for the rest of the season as part of the deal that brought scrum-half Danny Brough to the Galpharm.
Although Kirmond admits it initially came as a shock when he was told of the Giants’ plans, the fit-again back-row forward is now relishing the chance to get his career back on track with the Wildcats after finally recovering from the knee injury which has kept him on the sidelines for the last six months.
The former Featherstone winger made his first competitive appearance of the season for Wakefield at Warrington last night and hopes it’s the start of a successful season-long campaign – ahead of a return to Huddersfield to see out the final three years of his current Giants deal.
“I’ve made no secret of the fact it came as a bit of a shock when I found out Huddersfield were prepared to let me go,” said Kirmond. “But Browny was very open and honest with me, and explained exactly what the deal was all about.
“He said the final decision was down to me and that there was no pressure on me at all to go. But I knew how keen Browny was to get Danny Brough on board and I knew I could help.
“Browny also made it perfectly clear I was still a part of his long-term plans, and that by going to Wakefield I had more of a chance of playing in Super League straight away and on a regular basis, which will obviously help in my future development.
“Put it this way, if I’d still been at Huddersfield this week I’d have been playing in the 20s against St Helens at the YMCA today, whereas at Wakefield it’s Super League at Warrington.
“I still believe if I’d decided to stay I’d have played a fair few games with Huddersfield this year, because I’ve always backed my own ability.
“But everyone can see how strong competition for places are in the Huddersfield pack, and also how well Martin Aspinwall and Larne Patrick have played since they came in, and that’s a credit to them. Their form has made it difficult for me to force my way back after my knee surgery.”
Although Kirmond hasn’t played for the Giants this season, he’s been fully fit and ready to play for a couple of weeks.
And he admits he’s no excited about being a Wakefield player.
“One of the first things I did when the plan was put to me was obviously to speak to Wakefield,” he added.
“To be honest, I wasn’t too sure at first, but after speaking to (head coach) John Kear I felt a lot happier.
“I knew how keen he was to give me a Super League start straight away, and that was exactly what I wanted to hear.
“I’ve had the all-clear from the specialist for two months so I’ knew I was ready, and as soon as I heard that I got my enthusiasm back. I was a bit down with the injury but I’m like a big kid now, really excited and looking forward to a good season at Wakefield.”