Danny Kirmond to go around again in 2022

Drew Darbyshire
Fantasy Rugby League

Veteran forward Danny Kirmond will play on in 2022 after signing a new one-year deal with York.

Kirmond, who turns 36 in November, joined the Knights ahead of last season after nine years with Wakefield in Super League. The back-rower made 18 appearances for York last season.

“Easy decision” to play on for Danny Kirmond

He said: “I just love playing, especially in front of my family, and I really enjoyed last year.

“It was probably one of my most enjoyable years in the last five or six years so it was an easy decision to decide to carry on. While I’m enjoying it, it’s probably something that I’ll continue to do.

“It was the first time I’d played in front of my youngest girl. She was born on Christmas Day in 2019 and this year was the first time she had seen me play, obviously with matches behind closed doors in 2020.

“It’s always special to play in front of your family and especially her. Seeing how much she loved it was great – don’t get me wrong, she probably doesn’t know what’s going on – I just love her being there and seeing her smile after games.

“I’ve always been quite loyal throughout my career and York gave me a chance in 2021 and I was willing to stay so, thankfully, I’m able to stay on for another year.”

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York coach James Ford said: “Danny is a really important re-signing for the team and the club. His experience will be key in helping a new team gel.

“He had a good season under difficult circumstances, playing with numerous half-backs. Those makeshift options impacted his attacking game but he always worked tremendously hard, regularly topping fifty tackles per game. This is the kind of effort a good team needs.

“Danny will also play a key role in the development of Toby Warren and our other young forwards.”

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