Grix’s road to recovery takes in Belle Vue and Wildcats’ challenge

Warrington Wolves' Simon Grix.
Warrington Wolves' Simon Grix.
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LOOSE-FORWARD Simon Grix has become Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ 11th signing since Brian Smith was appointed coach at the end of May.

The 29-year-old has joined Wildcats on loan ahead of their First Utility Qualifiers campaign, which begins away to Salford Red Devils on Sunday.

Grix, who began his career at Halifax and has made more than 200 appearances for Warrington after joining them in 2006, has not played since suffering a spiral fracture of a leg in a game against St Helens 11 months ago.

Warrington’s medical team will continue to work with Grix, who is an Irish international, during his time in West Yorkshire.

Grix’s brother Scott played for the Wildcats from 2008-2009.

It is understood Wildcats completed the deal before rugby league’s transfer deadline on July 24.

Grix’s arrival at Belle Vue is the first transfer deal involving Brian Smith and his younger brother Tony, who is coach of Warrington.

It also concludes a flurry of activity since Smith joined Wakefield.

Other players brought in to boost Wildcats’ hopes of staying in Super League next season are Stuart Howarth, Kevin Locke, Michael Sio, Jordan Tansey, Anthony Walker, Anthony Mullally, Lee Smith, Bill Tupou, Scott Moore and Andy Yates.

Daniel Smith, Jarrod Sammut, Dean Collis, Lopini Paea, Matt Ryan and Paul McShane have all left the club.

Wildcats won just three of their 23 matches in the regular Super League rounds and finished 11 points adrift of Salford, but points do not carry over to the Qualifiers and all eight clubs – the bottom-four in the elite division and the Kingstone Press Championship’s leading quartet – will begin on zero.