Wakefield Trinity veteran Danny Kirmond signs for York City Knights

Wakefield Trinity stalwart Danny Kirmond will join York City Knights next season.
Danny Kirmond. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.Danny Kirmond. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Danny Kirmond. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

The 2013 Super League Dream team member's career began as a winger at Featherstone Rovers in 2005 and also included a spell at Huddersfield Giants before he joined Wakefield in 2012.

Now 34, Kirmond is Trinity's player performance manager and signed a new contract ahead of this season, when he planned to combine a playing role with helping coach the reserves.

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The second team competition has been cancelled because of coronavirus.

York coach James Ford. Picture by Tony Johnson.York coach James Ford. Picture by Tony Johnson.
York coach James Ford. Picture by Tony Johnson.

Several Betfred Championship clubs were chasing the back-rower for next year and he said: "I’m delighted to be joining York for next season.

"Obviously, being at Wakefield for so long, the next step had to be the right challenge for me.

"Having spoken to Fordy [York coach James Ford] a couple of times his commitment and enthusiasm were immediately infectious and I knew York was the place I wanted to be."

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He added: "I'd like to thank James and Jon for this amazing opportunity to be a part of a club with amazing facilities and a desire to succeed, not to mention being a part of the wonderful city that is York.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting all the team, staff and the fans and having a successful 2021 campaign."

Ford said: “It’s great to be in the position to bring Danny to the club and I’d like to acknowledge the role our supporters and sponsors played in being able to get this complete.

“Danny will bring a significant amount of experience and leadership which I’m confident will help push up the standards of our preparations.

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"Danny runs good lines on the edge and I’m confident he’ll cause our opponents some stress out there.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Danny and we’re all confident he’ll help us progress towards our goals for 2021.”

York are also being strongly linked with Trinity's veteran centre Ryan Atkins.

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