Boots 'n' All: Danny Kirmond focusing on Wakefield, not England
Last Updated: 25/07/13 11:56am
Wakefield captain Danny Kirmond is refusing to lie back and think of England as he bids to propel the Wildcats toward the Super League play-offs.
The 'Beard To Be Feared' has been in scintillating form for his club so far this season and having been rewarded with a new contract, which will keep him in West Yorkshire until 2016, he has been tipped as a possible Man of Steel.
International recognition could be set to follow for the 27-year-old, but the second-rower is refusing to allow himself to dream of a place in England's World Cup squad.
"To play for England would be a dream come true, but I'm in a very talented position where we've got a great back-up of talent and it's going to be really tough."
"I don't think you can worry about it too much and wonder about it too much," he told Boots 'n' All.
"Obviously as a player it's a dream to play in a World Cup and play for your country. That's all you ever aim for really.
"But the most important thing is looking after your club form and that's all you can try to do really. If you're playing well for your club everything else will look after itself.
"To play for England would be a dream come true, but I'm in a very talented position where we've got a great back-up of talent and it's going to be really tough.
"I'm not letting my mind wander too much onto that and I'm just really focusing on Wakefield at the moment."
Kirmond, who joined from Huddersfield after starting his career at Featherstone Rovers, has been nicknamed 'The Bionic Man' by Wakefield fans after playing through the pain barrier when a ruptured tendon in his finger threatened to end his season.
But he says he has carried a strong work ethic throughout his career and paid tribute to the players and coaches he has worked with for providing the platform for him to thrive in Super League.
Kirmond added: "When I was at Featherstone, people like David Hobbs and Gary Price always taught me it's not how good a player you are and it doesn't matter how much talent you've got, you can always try as hard as you can.
"That's all I try to do, really. Anything you get on top of that - the tries and stuff - they're just bonuses really. As long as you're trying as hard as you can all the time you're doing your job. I think, especially as captain, that's brought it out a little bit more in me this year.
"This is the best I've played and I think that coincides with how happy I am at the club. Richard [Agar] has brought me here and given me a lot more confidence.
"I worked really hard in pre-season with Martin Clawson and I've never really had a pre-season before; I've always had a few niggling injuries that have put me out. That's benefitted me a lot this year.
"Also, I feel like I'm playing in a really good team with players like Tim Smith and Dean Collis around me on that right edge and that definitely helps you as a player. I'd never underestimate what they're doing for me.
"I'm really enjoying it and I feel like I'm in good form."