THE POSITIVE result from a scan on in-form captain Danny Kirmond’s damaged finger has given Wakefield Trinity Wildcats a huge lift, winger Peter Fox says.
There were fears Kirmond could face a long lay-off after he suffered tendon damage during the 27-26 win at Hull four days ago.
But a specialist has told Kirmond he does not need an immediate operation and if surgery is necessary, it can wait until the end of the season.
Kirmond is expected to play through the pain barrier when Widnes Vikings visit Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Monday and Fox described that as a “massive boost”.
He said. “I found out on Thursday morning and it made my day!
“With the form he’s in, he has boosted us. He has come on leaps and bounds. For an example, he chased Ben Crooks down on Monday and nearly got him, when he did that full-lengther.
“He has got a great attitude and he is a great leader.”
Kirmond is a converted winger, but Fox said he has no plans to follow a similar path into the pack.
“We always get on to him about that, going from the wing to back-row,” Fox revealed.
“That’s a position I would like to play – but I am an out-and-out winger.”
Fox admitted the win at Hull will send Wildcats into Monday’s game in high spirits.
“It was really nice to get that win, especially against a team like Hull,” he said.
“When we played them earlier in the season it was probably one of the best performances that’s been put in against us this year. We didn’t do much wrong and got beaten by the better team on the night, so I was expecting big things off them on Monday.
“It was a real scalp for us. With players like Gareth Ellis in the side, we knew they’d be a threat and to come away with the two points, I’m over the moon.”
Fox produced one of the most memorable moments of Monday’s match when he leaped to score from a precise kick by Tim Smith.
“It was unbelievable, that kick,” he said. “I really enjoyed it, I have been wanting one of those tries for a while.
“We practice it all the time, probably half an hour a week on those particular kicks. To get one in a game was awesome.”
It will be a different scenario for Wildcats on Monday, at home to a team they will be expected to beat.
“We’ve won three games in a row, but we can’t be over-confident,” Fox stressed.
“If you go into a game against Widnes like that you could end up getting turned over.
“They’ve got stars in their side – Gaz Hock and Kevin Brown – who can produce magic.
“We can’t take them lightly, but I am not particularly worried about them, it’s more about us.
“I didn’t think we were that great on Monday. We got the two points, but it was a scrappy game.
“We have got to sharpen up, so we are going to concentrate on ourselves.”