He made his Leeds debut on 5 March 2006 when Leeds played Castleford. During the close to season 2006 he had surgery on both his shoulders to fix a long term injury. Attended Hornsea School and Language College.
After spells in both halves of Hull and Dewsbury, Kirke's breakthrough came at York as he quietly set about laying the foundations for their National League Two triumph. Tony Rea took him on loan to London Broncos and Leeds acted on the hint and snapped him. His father, Bob Kirke, used to play for Hull KR and is now a year 3 teacher at Hornsea Community Primary School.