The Wildcats reached the top eight against the odds, winning their last seven games of the regular season, before bowing out with their heads held high to Leeds in the first round of the play-offs on Saturday.
It marks a fine achievement for the club under the ownership of Andrew Glover, who rescued them from administration just 18 months ago.
He has helped retain their Super League licence, overseen a number of improvements at their Belle Vue home and increased crowds by more than 25%.
That feel good factor translated to the pitch in the back end of 2012, and Kirmond is already excited for next year.
He said: “Everything you do, you’ve got to build on the year after, and our progress this season bodes well for 2013.
“We all know each other a lot more after this year, and the future’s bright at the place.
“I’ve really enjoyed my rugby this year, and that definitely helps in terms of how I’ve been playing. It’s been a pleasure to play with the guys at the club, and Rich (Agar) and the coaching staff have really helped.
“They’ve given me the extra responsibility and that’s helped me too, and next year, I want to build on that.”
The former Featherstone back-rower joined Wakefield on a permanent basis from Huddersfield at the start of 2012, having spent time on loan with the Wildcats in 2010 and 2011.