Every team wants their captain to be leading from the front and if your name is Danny Kirmond, that is exactly what is happening, with the Wakefield Wildcats leading from the front in games which has led the club to reward him with a contract extension.
The new deal will see Kirmond finish up at the Wildcats at the end of 2016, with the talented player enjoying a steady rise through the Wakefield ranks, having started out as the vice-captain upon his arrival, before being made the official captain.
Beginning his career with the Featherstone Rovers, the Wakefield local then went on to the Huddersfield Giants before joining the Wildcats on-loan, with the veteran now pleased to have signed on to stay in his local town.
â€œIâ€™ve made no secret that itâ€™s a club I wanted to stay at,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™ve enjoyed my time here and itâ€™s the most Iâ€™ve enjoyed my rugby since leaving Featherstone and playing part-time.
â€œI feel the club is going in the right direction. Weâ€™re performing better each year on the field and weâ€™ve already signed up a number of our current squad on longer term deals which was important to me, and I believe weâ€™re talking to Rich about extending his deal as well.
â€œHeâ€™s definitely brought out the best in my game so I never had to work too hard on the deal with the club, it was always what I wanted to do.â€
With his 100th Super League game approaching, Kirmond has been pleased with his form so far this season, one that has seen him score 12 tries in total, including a hat-trick.
â€œItâ€™s the best that Iâ€™ve been playing. Thereâ€™s no coincidence with how much Iâ€™m enjoying myself here as well. Thatâ€™s when I play my best rugby and this has been the most enjoyable period of my career.
â€œI feel electronic cigarette refill liquid 0 mg nicotine like itâ€™s the best Iâ€™ve played but Iâ€™m playing in a great team and Iâ€™ve got really good players around me like Timmy (Smith) and Deano (Collis), so Iâ€™m just enjoying playing at the moment and working hard.â€
Sporting a long beard, it initially came about as a means of punishment at the club for minor dismeanours, but as fans began to like it more and the idea of retaining gained tractino, Kirmond kept the beard and is now known for sporting it.
â€œItâ€™s really nice for them to do things like that. As a player, itâ€™s a privilege when people do things like that and it definitely doesnâ€™t go unnoticed. Our fans have been brilliant all season and I donâ€™t think you can underestimate them.
â€œFor them to go to Leeds and help give Leeds their biggest crowd theyâ€™ve had all year with some of the big games they have. For us to go there and help break the record for the season is a tremendous thing for them to do.
â€œHopefully theyâ€™ll turn out in their numbers this week and repay the favour and get a packed out stadium here.â€
Regarded as an influential player by the club, Wildcats coach Richard Agar is pleased that the club have managed to retain the key, veteran player.
â€œHis form has ensured that there have been a number of clubs casting an envious eye over him and means weâ€™ve had to fight pretty hard for his signature. Itâ€™s great for our club. Heâ€™s our captain and takes his role very seriously indeed.
â€œIn the days where players can move quite easily and in a market thatâ€™s very player driven, itâ€™s great for us that we can hold onto our best talent because they believe in each other and believe they can achieve what they want out of the game at the club.â€