Grix to play on into 2019?

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Halifax’s veteran forward Simon Grix has said he wants to extend his playing career into the 2019 season.

Grix, who made his senior debut for Fax as a teenage centre in 2003 before going on to star in Super League for Warrington, has been in fine form for Richard Marshall’s side in recent weeks after being switched from back row to his favoured loose forward spot.

And the 32 year old, whose career has been punctuated by injuries, is now planning to add a 17th season as a professional to his CV.

“At this stage, I think I have another year in me,” said Grix, who recently completed a further education teaching qualification.

“At the start of this season, maybe I felt it would be my last, but I feel like I’m playing pretty well so why not carry on?

“I have missed a lot of games through my career because of injuries, but while the body has been battered, mentally I still feel like I can do it.

“Ideally, I’d like to continue to play and coach with Halifax, but it’s all up in the air for the moment.

“I’ve got some teaching opportunities I can pursue, either part time or full time, so it partly depends on what happens there.

“I’m waiting to hear from the club to see what they want to do and then we’ll go from there.

“Whatever happens, I’d like to be involved in rugby league as a player or a coach next season, whether it’s at Halifax or somewhere else.”

Grix will again be a key figure when Fax welcome Dewsbury to the Shay on Sunday (3.0), a fixture he labelled as a potential ‘banana skin’ at the start of a crucial month.

“We’ve got some tough games coming up, with Featherstone, Batley and Leigh over the next month,” said Grix.

“But Dewsbury’s one where you could slip up; we can’t afford to think it’s going to be a steady afternoon because it won’t be.”