Grix leaves Wire, but also stays put

Simon Grix‘s days as a player at Warrington look to be over, but he will remain at the club as part of the performance group next season, as he considers his options.

The versatile 29-year-old, who has played back row, centre and stand-off for the Wolves, is recovering from a fractured ankle which he sustained towards the end of the 2014 season.

He has been released from his playing contract at Wire, and wants to continue playing once his injury has been properly rehabilitated.

“I’m really sad to be leaving the Wolves’ playing squad after what has been a fantastic 10 years,” Grix told the Wolves’ official website.

“I’d like to say a wholehearted thank you to all the staff and players I have shared my time with. 

“Unfortunately my injury situation has cut my time at Warrington short, but I now look forward to another challenge and move on knowing no stone has been unturned in my recovery which is getting closer. 

“I intend to play on and will consider my options in due course.  I will still be part of the club as part of the performance team and will celebrate my testimonial with the club next year.

“I’m made up the RFL have granted me this. I’ve got a good bunch of people putting things together for next year which, with the help of the fans, will add to our heritage year.

“Finally a thank you to the supporters. You’ve been great through the good times and better through my tough times. 2016 is shaping up to be a good year, stick with the boys they’ll come good.”

Warrington head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith acknowledged that Grix had been through a difficult time recently.

““I feel for Simon. It’s been a frustrating 12 months for him,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that his current playing situation has come to an end with Warrington but he has given it his all both on the field and off the field.

“He’s been a thorough professional through the whole time that I have coached him. It has been a great honour to coach someone of his calibre – as a player and a person.

“I look forward to working with him in a different capacity with his wholehearted commitment to the Wolves. He’ll go on to have a fulfilled career in coaching or conditioning as his future unfolds.

“I also wish him well for his recovery from injury and hope he can fulfil his desire to continue to play.”

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