Experienced pair join Halifax coaching ranks

Liam Finn Scott Grix

Halifax Panthers have announced recently retired halfbacks Scott Grix and Liam Finn have joined the club’s coaching staff.

Finn will be an assistant coach, while Scott Grix takes on the role of  Strength and Conditioning coach.

Both players announced their retirements at the end of the 2021 season.

37-year-old Finn has had a distinguished career at all levels of the game, with spells at Halifax, Wakefield Trinity, Featherstone Rovers, Dewsbury Rams, Castleford Tigers, Widnes Vikings and Newcastle Thunder. He also made 32 appearances for Ireland.

Meanwhile, Grix began his career at Doncaster, before further spells at Halifax, Limoux Grizzlies, Leigh, Widnes, Wakefield and Huddersfield Giants. He then finished his career playing under his brother Simon at the Panthers.

On Finn, Head Coach Simon Grix told the club website: “Rikki (Sheriffe) leaving us obviously left us in need of a replacement and Finny was the first person I spoke to.

“Like Rikki, Finny has obviously represented the club as a player, keeping a keen interest after moving on. Therefore has a real understanding of our club and the expectations around it.

“He is an experienced coach who will bring a lot to the coaching team, as we look to continue the good work of 2020.”

On his brother Scott, Grix added: “It’s great for us to welcome Scott fully onto the coaching team as Strength & Conditioner.

“The characteristics he has developed as a person and player will transfer nicely into this role. In addition to working with our back three throughout the year, imparting his knowledge and experience there also.”

Big season ahead at The Shay

Halifax are building a squad that will be ready to compete for promotion in 2022. They have recently signed Kyle Wood and Joe Arundel from Wakefield Trinity. Whitehaven pair Louis Jouffret and Lachlan Walmsley among others have also signed.

The Panthers finished third in the Championship in 2021. as they led the chasing pack to runaway leaders Featherstone Rovers and Toulouse.

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