Kirmond relishing stepping up
Wakefield will kick off a new era of leadership against Hull on Sunday, looking to build on their recent good form.
The Wildcats, who have won their last two games to revive talk of a play-off bid, have this week restructured their captaincy, with forward Danny Kirmond taking the armband from Steve Southern.
Australian import Southern has suffered an inconsistent start to his time in England and has voluntarily stepped down from the role to concentrate on his own game. He will remain part of the club's leadership group, though, while full-back Richard Mathers becomes Kirmond's deputy.
The new system has been in place at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium for the past fortnight but will get its first official airing tomorrow, and Kirmond is looking forward to it.
"It is something I am really proud of and it's a massive honour to captain your hometown club," he said.
"It is not something that I have really looked at doing before but being given the opportunity is a huge accolade for myself.
"I've never been a captain elsewhere and when I came here I was the vice-captain which I feel helped myself out on the field and helped me push just that little bit harder. As soon as the opportunity came up to step up to the next level, it really was something I wanted to grab hold of with both hands.
"I have captained a few games when Steve has been out too which is something I really enjoyed and that has shown in my form and I think that's why I've been handed this opportunity."
Hull head west along the M62 knowing that they should be doing so with some better results behind them.
Peter Gentle's side squandered a 14-point lead against Hull KR at the Magic Weekend a fortnight ago, and could only draw 18-18 with St Helens last time out, despite putting their opponents under a barrage of pressure - including the forcing of eight drop-outs.
None of that stopped forward Danny Tickle earning an England call-up this week, though, with the goal-kicking second row rewarded for some strong performances over the last 18 months.
Tickle worked under Wakefield boss Richard Agar throughout his four-year spell on charge of Hull, and knows what a difficult threat his side will pose tomorrow.
"Wakefield seem to be bang in form and it is always a tough place to go," he said.
"They are one of a number of sides who will still fancy themselves to sneak into the play-offs and are always difficult.
"For us, we need to concentrate on doing a little bit more to finish games off if we get the chance. We have been working hard on that."