Scott Grix’s nearly two-decade long rugby league career, plenty of which was spent at the highest level with Wakefield and Huddersfield, has now come to an end.
Best at fullback, the versatile Grix was a key figure in John Kear’s Wakefield side which recorded the club’s highest Super League finish of fifth in 2009 before joining the revolution at Huddersfield in 2010 as the Giants became a serious contender at the top.
A focal point when Huddersfield won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2013, he was very clearly a key component of Huddersfield’s finest Super League side before returning to Wakefield ahead of 2017 overseeing a further two fifth place finishes again helping bring the best out of the club.
By 2019, he was back at his hometown club Halifax joining brother Simon who took on the Head Coach role at the club that May having finished his own career with the soon to be Panthers in 2018.
However, after two full seasons with the club, Scott retired at the end of 2021 once Halifax had been defeated by Featherstone in the Championship semi-finals. That said, he’s set to step out onto the field one last time in his testimonial against former club Wakefield.
Since his retirement, Grix has taken on the role of assistant coach working alongside his brother as they hope to mould Halifax into a Super League side. They’ve already undertaken a brilliant winter of recruitment even signing Grix’s former teammate Kyle Wood who could make his Panthers debut against Wakefield, his former club, in the testimonial.
The testimonial is set to be a fitting way to end a fantastic career, and Grix is certainly excited for it as he voiced on the club’s Twitter account, although he did admit that he wished he was able to play the full game: “Obviously, this being my hometown club, I would’ve liked to have had this in a time where I could have played the full game and been in the mix.
“At this stage, a cameo is going to have to suffice.”
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He also praised Wakefield for the part they’re set to play in his special day: “Michael Carter and the Wakefield club have been great throughout all of this, making sure that they still had the promise there of a game in the end and I’m hoping that it’ll be a bit of a spectacle.”
However, he soon switched gears and focused on Halifax. He believes the friendly will be a good runout for the club’s new look squad: “We’ve obviously upgraded our squad and brought a lot of people in and we’re not playing that many games over pre-season so I think it’ll be a pretty decent game for everybody.”
He also encouraged supporters to get down and watch: “I’d like everyone to get down and get involved. We’re trying to make it as accessible as possible with the tickets and hopefully we’ll get a good showing from out of the town.”
The game is set to take place on Sunday 16th January.