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“If you want security, go work at Tesco” – Simon Grix reveals Tony Smith advice

Hull FC have suffered from a difficult 2024 so far. Head coach, Tony Smith, started the year in charge of the club, before leaving his role in April having secured just one win from their opening fixtures. Simon Grix, who came to the club as Smith’s assistant, soon found himself in interim charge of the Super League club.

Grix has suffered a similarly difficult spell in charge, with his side having lost 11 consecutive games in the run-up to the game against the Leeds Rhinos. However, the consensus was that Grix’s Hull side have shown a trend of improvement across his time in charge.

The Black and Whites finally secured their first win under Grix, seeing off a below-par Rhinos side 18-10, thanks to tries from Lewis Martin, Denive Balmforth and Cameron Scott. The result gives the long suffering FC faithful something to cheer after a turbulent season so far.

Speaking after the game, Grix revealed some of the unconventional advice Smith gave him as he started his coaching career.

Simon Grix reveals Tony Smith advice

Simon Grix

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“I think it was Tony who said it to me, actually, when I was thinking about getting into coaching. Something along the lines of, if you want security, go work at Tesco.” Grix said.

“But no, biggest learning, you never quite know what’s around the corner, Jon. I think that’s probably the biggest thing. Obviously, I came here to assist Tony and I learned some things from him, but, as you said, different route, learning a lot of things on the run.”

Asked what will motivate his side for the remainer of the season, Grix believes there is plenty still to play for. Whilst the playoffs may be out of reach, with a huge amount of change expected in the close season, Grix believes his side are playing for their futures at the club.

“I think it’s just about one week at a time for starters. I’m sorry, I don’t want to go all cliche on you, but there’s obviously a lot of change going on at the moment. And I think the challenge has been laid down to the boys that, you know, hopefully there’s a brighter future coming here at Hull.

“And do you want to be part of it? That’s why we’re going through the squad and everyone’s getting a look, everyone’s getting a chance and opportunity to play and stay there playing to be part of what could be some really good times moving forward. I think week to week we just have to try and get them little wins.

“If we can defend like that, we’ll be a chance every week. But being a little bit smarter, finishing our sets and all these little bits, all the little rugby league technical terminology that come out of here. There’s loads of bits that need to get better. That wasn’t perfect by any means. But it was a start, stepping in the right direction.”

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