Wakefield Wildcats: Captain Kirmond aims to change people’s perceptions of the Wildcats

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SURPRISE PACKAGE Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are determined to change the way they are viewed outside the club.

Wildcats will travel to Widnes Vikings on Sunday aiming to make it three wins from three in First Utility Super League, despite being most pundits’ pre-season tip to finish bottom.

Captain Danny Kirmond conceded he was not surprised at being written off before a ball was kicked, but stressed there is a very different feeling inside the camp to outside it.

“We always seem to be tipped to finish at or near the bottom,” Kirmond said.

“But the confidence and feeling in the squad never reflects how other people perceive us.

“We want to change other people’s perceptions of us. Even after we’ve won the first two other coaches are saying it’s embarrassing and they shouldn’t be losing to teams like us.

“We believe we are a good team and if we keep playing that well we can challenge most teams on our day.”

Kirmond insisted none of Wildcats’ players or coaching staff have been shocked by their results so far – and he reckons if they keep picking up early points a top-eight campaign could be on the cards.

“We have had a look at that,” he said. “We take each game as it comes, but three from three would be a good start to the season.

“We thought we could compete in games and we’ve done that on the back of some really hard work in pre-season and the preparation we did for those games.”

Wakefield have won all three of their previous matches on Widnes’ artificial pitch and are on an eight-game hot streak against the Cheshire outfit, stretching back to 2005.

Kirmond added: “We’re looking forward to it, but we know it’s going to be tough.

“They’re a good team at home, but the pitch there suits us as well.

“We usually play quite well there so it bodes for an entertaining game.”

Meanwhile, Wildcats’ Jarrod Sammut is set to play for London Broncos this weekend as part of a new dual-registration agreement between the two clubs.

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