DANNY KIRMOND is urging Giants coach Jon Sharp to give him another Super League chance at Catalans Dragons on Saturday.
The 22-year-old former Featherstone Rovers winger produced a dominant display as a substitute loose-forward in Huddersfield’s 50-16 thrashing of Hull KR at the Galpharm on Sunday.
It was only Kirmond’s second top-flight Giants appearance of the year, with his debut restricted to 15 minutes of the home defeat to Wakefield in April.
He made a strong contribution against the Wildcats, which gave him a big boost in confidence, and he looked even stronger in his 50-minute spell against Rovers when he produced the break to set up Paul Whatuira’s second-half try.
And now he is hoping he has done enough to retain his place against the French, although he acknowledges that may be difficult.
“I absolutely loved it against Hull KR,” said the former National League II Dream Team player. “Even though we lost to Wakefield, that game was great for my confidence, because it proved I could handle playing at this level.
“And now I believe that even more after the way I played at the weekend.
“I felt fresh and strong in what was a different role for me at loose-forward. I believe it proved I’ve adapted well to the switch from the wing.
“I’m now just hoping Jon feels I should keep my place on Saturday.
“I appreciate that can’t be guaranteed, because I got my chance on the back of Jammer (Jamahl Lolesi) being banned and he’s back this weekend after being one of our best players this season.
“But I’d like to think I’ll be in the frame. It’ll be disappointing if I do lose my place, but I won’t see it as being the end of the world. I’m still relatively new here and feel as if I’m still learning.
“To be honest, the Super League appearances so far have been a bonus, and if I don’t play this weekend I’ll just keep on working hard in training.”