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Knights star Kirmond announces retirement

York Knights are saddened to announce the retirement of veteran forward Danny Kirmond after almost 20 years in professional rugby league.

Kirmond began his career with Featherstone Rovers, debuting for the West Yorkshire club in 2005 before going on to make 73 appearances for Fev - scoring 41 tries - during his three-season stay.

Featuring as a winger, Kirmond crossed for 25 tries in 2007 as Featherstone won promotion to National League One, now known as the Betfred Championship.

Kirmond's form saw him earn a move to Betfred Super League side Huddersfield Giants in 2008 where he featured 55 times - scoring 10 tries - including in the Betfred Challenge Cup Semi-Final win at St Helens.

A move to hometown club Wakefield Trinity followed in 2011 after a spell on loan during the previous season.

Just a year into his time at Wakefield, Kirmond won a call-up to the England squad, earning his sole international cap against the Exiles, and was promoted to captain of Trinity.

Kirmond was a vital part of Wakefield's success in the Betfred Super League era, going on to make 174 appearances and score 46 tries for the Belle Vue club.

The back-rower signed for York ahead of the 2021 season and was part of the side that reached the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in his debut campaign.

Kirmond remained integral to the Knights' runs to the Betfred Championship Play-Offs in 2022 and 2023, finishing his time with the Club having made 64 appearances, scoring 13 tries.

Reflecting on his time in the sport, Kirmond said: "After 18 incredible years, I have decided to retire from rugby league. I have had an amazing career and owe so much to the game of rugby league.

"I am so grateful for the opportunities to represent four amazing clubs and places in Featherstone Rovers, Huddersfield Giants, Wakefield Trinity and, most recently, York RLFC.

"To all the coaches, staff and my past team mates, thank you for all the memories, support and opportunities.

"I am so grateful for times that I have had, with rugby league playing a massive part in my life. It has helped me grow into the person I am now and given me the opportunity to share the field at Wembley Stadium with my best mates. The sport definitely saved me over the last 18 months.

"Lastly thank you to my amazing family for all your love and support, I couldn't have achieved any of it without you. Onto the next challenge!"

Everyone at York RLFC would like to thank Danny for his efforts, commitment and dedication during his time at the Club and wish him all the best in retirement!


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