Huddersfield Giants full-back Scott Grix has admitted he is desperate to return to action against hometown club Halifax next year, as he steps up his recovery from serious shoulder surgery in the off-season.
The Irish international was sent under the knife following the conclusion of the 2014 season, so that he would have the best chance of being fit for their Super League 2015 opener against Hull FC.
And whilst Grix admits the priority is being fit for that first league game of 2015, the 30-year-old admits the prospect of facing his hometown club at The Shay is too good a proposition to miss out on.
“I’d love to be fit for that one,” said Grix. “I can’t remember the last time I played against my hometown club at The Shay, because it’s that long ago.
“But I know how special it would be.
“I’ve already targeted it as my first run-out following the surgery, and it’s good to have a game and a date to aim for. The fact it would be against Halifax makes that target even more exciting.
“Obviously, our opening Super League game against Hull is the one that matters the most, but to play Halifax and get some gametime under my belt is vitally important for me.”