Halifax have signed Warrington’s Halifax-born Ireland international Simon Grix for next season.
Grix, now 29, will return to his hometown club a decade after leaving as a teenager - his last appearance was in a nerve-jangling relegation play-off against York in 2004 - to link up with the Wolves.
The former King Cross junior, who can play almost anywhere on the field but is widely recognised as a top-class back rower, is Fax’s second confirmed recruit for next season after the capture of Featherstone’s free-scoring wingman Will Sharp.
“Personally, Simon is one of the best players I have worked with and I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for him,” said Fax boss Richard Marshall, who coached Grix at the Wolves.
“He is one of those players who I always felt would have been ideally suited to playing in the NRL; he is absolutely tough as teak, both mentally and physically.
“He puts everything he has into every minute of every game and that level of commitment is probably one of the reasons he has had issues with his body over the years.
“He’s a Halifax lad and he wants to come and play here again; he had some very serious offers from well established Super League sides and he chose to turn them down.
“There is no doubt at all he is coming here for all the right reasons.”
Marshall admitted Grix’s injury record - he is currently in the final stages of rehabilitation after suffering a horrific leg injury at the end of last season - means the move could be seen as a gamble, but with the player also due to assume a backroom role, he clearly feels it is one worth taking.
“Whenever you sign a player, whatever their background, you gamble to some extent,” said Marshall.
“Simon is naturally skilled and naturally talented with a superb attitude and exactly the kind of player - alongside guys like Scott Murrell, who has been great for us this year - who can take this club forward over the next few years.
“He’s going to make a very smart coach at some stage and he will have a role to play on that front as well.
“It’s about the all round package that we’re getting.”