Fax boss Grix reveals background to Poching’s presence at Shay

Halifax coach Simon Grix was joined behind-the-scenes for Sunday’s Championship win over Rochdale by the former Warrington assistant coach Willie Poching.

Poching, who coached Grix when the back rower was a player with the Wolves, is currently on the staff at Super League neighbours Huddersfield.

Grix described Poching, who has also coached at Leeds and Salford, as a ‘mentor’, although there is no sign Sunday’s visit is the beginning of a more formal relationship.

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“Willie is on the end of the phone all the time,” said Grix.

“I’ve known him a long time and he is someone I can bounce ideas off, because I don’t really have anyone within the club I can do that with on a day to day basis.

“He’s probably a bit like Richard (Marshall) in his approach and the way he thinks the game should be played, which is largely where I want to be heading moving forward.

“I’d originally asked him what he was doing next week for the York game, actually.

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“But he was free on Sunday, so he came down and it probably makes those conversations a bit easier because he’s seen the players so he can understand where I’m coming from a bit better.

“He’s a bit of a mentor to me, like a few of the coaches and players I have worked with.

“It’s nice to be able to have someone of that experience available when you need them.

“He’s at the Giants at the moment but I don’t know what the future holds for him.

“He’ll be an asset wherever he goes though.”