“It is always is a good experience,” he told Love Rugby League.
“So, for me, it was a long time between drinks, so it was a real good trip.
“It’s nice to get away from the day-to-day stuff, and to bond with a great bunch of lads who you only realistically see once or twice a year.
“I’ll always be involved in that as long as I’m wanted.”
“It speaks for itself what he has done with the Sheffield club over the years,” he said.
“When ‘Tubby’ (Aston) first took over the Ireland stuff, I wasn’t involved, so everybody else had the jump on me in terms of him and how he worked.
“My first year with him was the last time we went to the World Cup (in 2013).
“He’s been great. As well as being serious about his rugby, he’s also relaxed.
“He likes to enjoy it as much as he can on the field, and make sure that it’s good for everybody off it.
“He’s a good laugh is Tubby. He was good for the young boys coming through too.
“It’s getting to the point where every year there are more debuts around.”
Ireland being a land of song, music was also a feature of the camp, when the time came to relax.
“There’s always a guitar nearby!” Grix smiled.
But the serious business of developing rugby league in Ireland continues, and Grix is optimistic about the future.
The number of Irish domestic players acquitting themselves well in the squad impressed the Giants full-back.
“That means it’s working, basically,” he said.
“But I think that’s too big a jump.
“The guys who have been drip fed into the squads are coming to us and learning from us as best as they can, going back, and feeding it into their boys, and when they come back again they’re much better players.
“I know the ultimate aim is to have a full, homegrown Irish squad, and I’m sure in future we will have, but for the time being they’re coming and mixing with us and improving their rugby league cultures.
“For us, we see what it means to them when they’re around the squad and it gives us a boost too.
“We’re all there for the same reasons when we get there. Those guys have embraced that, and we love that.”