IT may seem a “lifetime ago” since he left Huddersfield Giants but Wakefield Trinity captain Danny Kirmond admits it still remains a special occasion playing them.
He returns from a one-game ban to bolster his side – who have signed Tonga prop forward David Fifita from Cronulla Sharks – when they head to John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow.
Kirmond has developed into one of Super League’s leading players after leaving Huddersfield for Trinity in 2012 after a previous loan spell two years earlier.
“That is probably a lifetime in rugby league to some people,” he joked.
“It’s been five-and-a-half years now which is a long time.
“But the club still means a lot to me; they gave me my chance in Super League when I left Featherstone Rovers.
“That means it’s always that bit more special playing against them.”
The player who went the other way in that deal, of course, was Danny Brough, the Wakefield scrum-half who Huddersfield paid a substantial fee for and also threw in Kirmond and Michael Korkidas.
Brough has more than been worth the investment, too, leading them to the 2013 League Leaders’ Shield, even if they are now struggling near the bottom of the table.
Wakefield, meanwhile, are eager to atone after last week’s embarrassing 54-16 home defeat to Hull KR – a second defeat in a row after coach Chris Chester had won 10 of his first 11 games in charge.
On 26-year-old Fifita, who signs until the end of the season, with an option for 2017, Chester admitted: “It is a massive signing for the club.
“As a player we monitored closely over the last six to eight weeks, we know he’ll bring some real punch and aggression to the team, something we’ve lacked recently.”
Ben Jones-Bishop and Andy Yates are back from injury tomorrow but Mickael Simon and Tupou drop out with slight knocks and Jonny Molloy also misses the cut.