Warrington Wolves have confirmed that utility player Simon Grix will be released from his contract at the end of the season but will remain at the club as part of the performance team.
Grix, 29, made his Warrington debut in 2006 signing from Halifax. He has made 179 appearances, including back-to-back Grand Finals at Old Trafford in 2012 and 2013. He has crossed for 48 tries in the Primrose and Blue.
A fractured ankle sustained in the 2014 September fixture against St Helens sidelined Grix for the 2015 season and his rehabilitation continues.
Grix says: “I’m really sad to be leaving the Wolves’ playing squad after what has been a fantastic 10 years. I’d like to say a wholehearted thank you to all the staff and players I have shared my time with. Unfortunately my injury situation has cut my time at Warrington short, but I now look forward to another challenge and move on knowing no stone has been unturned in my recovery which is getting closer.
“I intend to play on and will consider my options in due course. I will still be part of the club as part of the performance team and will celebrate my testimonial with the club next year. I’m made up the RFL have granted me this. I’ve got a good bunch of people putting things together for next year which, with the help of the fans, will add to our heritage year. Finally a thank you to the supporters. You’ve been great through the good times and better through my tough times. 2016 is shaping up to be a good year, stick with the boys they’ll come good.”
Head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith said: “I feel for Simon. It’s been a frustrating 12 months for him. It’s unfortunate that his current playing situation has come to an end with Warrington but he has given it his all both on the field and off the field. He’s been a thorough professional through the whole time that I have coached him. It has been a great honour to coach someone of his calibre – as a player and a person. I look forward to working with him in a different capacity with his wholehearted commitment to the Wolves. He’ll go on to have a fulfilled career in coaching or conditioning as his future unfolds. I also wish him well for his recovery from injury and hope he can fulfil his desire to continue to play.”
Roger Draper, Warrington CEO, added: “We would like to thank Simon for his unfaltering service to the club. Despite his injuries he has maintained a positive attitude throughout and has been an integral part of the club even when long-term injuries have prevented him from playing. A person of his character is valuable to retain in any business so to continue to have Simon around the playing squad next season will be a great asset to the club both on and off the field. He is highly respected by all players, the performance team and colleagues at the club and we look forward to working with Simon in a different capacity next year and celebrating his testimonial, to give him the recognition he deserves.”