Mark Applegarth opens up on chances of ex Wakefield Trinity player joining the club in coaching role

Wakefield Trinity produced a brilliant performance last weekend to see off Warrington Wolves and extend the Trin’s hot run of form at home to four consecutive wins, with their first coming against Leeds Rhinos and perhaps the most dramatic coming with a golden point finish against Wigan Warriors.

That form at Belle Vue has lifted Wakefield Trinity to be level on points with eleventh placed Castleford Tigers but they’re still searching for their first away win of the season, something they’ll hope they can land at the KCOM Stadium against Hull FC on Sunday.

Trinity might even head into that game in eleventh place if the Tigers are to lose by 13 or more points tonight against Huddersfield Giants, such is the close margin between the two West Yorkshire sides.

The impressive run of form has coincided with the return of David Fifita with Wakefield winning four of the seven games he’s featured in, and all of this has come whilst Mark Applegarth is working without his assistant after James Ford left for the Director of Rugby role at Featherstone in the middle of May.

To aid in that there has been talk that Danny Kirmond, former Trinity player and current York Knights player/coach, could return to Belle Vue and Mark Applegarth was asked about those prospects.

“Well, Kirmo is someone I’ve known from being a kid, we played junior rugby together and against each other. He knows Wakefield inside out, but he’s under contract at this moment in time at York and I’d like to be respectful of that,” Applegarth told BBC West Yorkshire.

“I’ve chatted to him a couple of times a week, regardless of what happens. If opportunities came up to bring Kirmo back, I’d love to do it. I can’t really comment any further than that because that’s all it is at the moment, speculation.

“I’ve worked with Kirmo when I was head of youth and I’ve just started getting him into coaching so I’ve worked a lot with him on that side. He’s someone that knows me inside out. I know him inside out in terms of rugby and what our strengths are.

“I think he’d be a great addition back at Wakefield, but as I said he’s under contract at York and I’d like to be very respectful of that.”