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Simon Grix reveals he’s still ‘leaning on’ Tony Smith following Hull FC win over Leeds Rhinos

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When Simon Grix joined Hull FC at the end of the 2023 season, he can not have expected to be in charge of the club before the halfway point in the season. Grix joined the club from the Halifax Panthers, initially to work as part of former Head Coach, Tony Smith, who left his role in April after a string of heavy defeats.

Grix cut a relieved figure in the aftermath of Hull’s first win in 12 games. The win was the first of Grix’s time at the club, and his first win as a Head Coach in Super League. FC were good value for their win in a much-improved performance against a beleaguered Leeds side.

Grix will remain in charge of Hull for the remainder of the 2024 season, with Australian coach, John Cartwright, set to take charge of the Black and Whites for the 2025 season. Whatever happens next for Grix, he can hold his head high for the way he has handled a difficult job at FC.

Now, speaking in the aftermath of his side’s win over Leeds, he has revealed the extent to which Smith has had on his career.

Hull FC boss, Grix, still leaning on Smith

Tony Smith Hull FC

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Grix replaced Smith, who was working for Sky Sports as part of their coverage of Hull’s game against Leeds. Speaking after the game, Grix revealed that he still has a good relationship with Smith, despite his exit from FC. Grix also revealed that Smith is someone he still turns to for advice during his fledgling coaching career. Grix said:

“Yeah 100% obviously me and Tony, we spoke before this happened, we’ll speak after and that’s sport, unfortunately. But, you know, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the relationship with Tony which I’m really grateful for and he’s still someone I’m leading on now it’s not like he’s disappeared he’s gone and he’s still there for me.

“Hopefully, we’ll keep that relationship moving forward, but yeah, just really happy to get the win really big for the boys and the opportunity to get it on the first time back at home after a spell away is really good.

Grix believes win will help to win back FC fans

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Grix went on to explain that he believed that the win would help his FC side to rebuild their connection with the Hull fanbase. The Black and Whites have been on the wrong end of a number of heavy defeats this season, which has led to severe criticism at times. According to Grix, their improved effort in victory will help to win the crowd back over. He said:

“”I think the scramble, the effort stuff, that is the man playing at the weekend for West Hull, he can do that, and at times, we haven’t shown enough fight in that area, so I think your fans definitely see when you’ve had a dig.

“And yeah, they’ll get the pats on the back tonight, they won’t get carried away because, you know, two wins out of I can’t remember how many games we were along this season.”

Before concluding, “We’ve got a long way to go, haven’t we, to be the team that we’d like to be or I suppose our fan base deserves to be. But yeah, those little steps will get us a little bit closer.

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