New contract for Kirmond
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond has delivered a timely boost to the club by signing a new contract.
The in-form second row forward was under contract to the end of next season but has signed a two-year extension that will keep him at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium until the end of 2016.
Kirmond, 27, joined his home-town club from Huddersfield Giants two years ago and has this season produced the best form of his career.
"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 Wakefield coach Richard 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."
Kirmond's decision to commit his future to the Wildcats comes 48 hours before their crucial derby with Leeds Rhinos, which they need to win to keep alive their play-off chances.
The former Featherstone winger is hoping to recover from a knee injury in time lead his team out on his 56th appearance for the club and his 100th in Super League.
"I've made no secret that it's a club I wanted to stay at," Kirmond said. "It's the most I've enjoyed my rugby since leaving Featherstone.
"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."