Kirmond ready for Trinity return

Wakefield’s Danny Kirmond says he can’t wait to play again after missing the past couple of weeks through injury.

Kirmond has been named in Trinity’s squad for Thursday’s Challenge Cup tie at Salford and he is looking forward to making his return.

“It’s great to have a chance of playing again this week – it’s been a tough couple of weeks watching and it’s never good being injured,” he said.

“It’s not been anything too serious luckily, so it’s been an opportunity to rest up a little bit and hopefully get back out on the field.

“I’ve got itchy feet. When you’re going through times that’s when you want to be on the field. It’s enjoyable and you enjoy working hard and ripping in for the team and that’s what you want to be doing.”

Wakefield reached the semi-finals in last season, but they haven’t won the competition since 1963 and Kirmond is desperate to have the opportunity to run out at Wembley in the final.

“The club’s got a lot of history in the Challenge Cup, but it’ll be nice to create a bit of our own now with this squad we’ve got together,” he added.

“On our day we can beat most teams and challenge anyone, so it could really suit us. There’s never a second chance in the cup – if you don’t play to the best of your ability you’re out.

“The next round is the semi-final, so you’re not too far from Wembley. Salford are a great team – we’ve already had a couple of great battles with them this year so it’s going be an exciting one.

“The cup is a nice change of perspective for us. The league has been really tough over the last few weeks with all the fixtures and the cup’s a break away from that.

“It’s a great competition. I’ve been to the final before but unfortunately was injured, so it would be nice to do that with my home town club and lead the boys out.”

The teams met in the league two weeks ago with Wakefield running out 32-24 winners and Kirmond is expecting another close game this week.

“It’ll be a tight game I’m sure,” he said. “They’re in a similar position to us – they’ve done really well in the league, but I think it’ll do them good to have a break from that so it’ll be an exciting and tough contest.”

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