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Warrington Wolves close to 'historic' Grand Final win
WOLVES’ continuing progress as a Super League force is marked in Simon Grix’s words.
“We haven’t got the Challenge Cup, we haven’t got the League Leaders’ Shield but we have reached the Grand Final,” said Thursday night’s semi-final winning try scorer.
“It wouldn’t be a disaster if we didn’t win anything but we’re a big club now and when there’s three trophies up for grabs we’d like to have our hands on at least one of them.
“And this is the big one, it’s the pinnacle. It would be historic for our club and it would be a part of history to be in the first team to do it.
“We’re going to put everything we can into this 80 minutes to come good.”
Grix is likely to be the only player in Wolves’ 17 on Saturday night yet to win silverware, despite the Yorkshireman being in his 10th year with the club.
Injuries twice and then a brief dip in form cost him appearances in the three recent Challenge Cup finals, while he was a member of the losing side in last year’s Old Trafford showdown with Leeds Rhinos.
However, unselfishly, the thoughts of the 2013 Supporters’ Trust Award winner are with the players who will be leaving the club after Saturday’s game.
“Winning would be a great send off to some good mates and some great blokes who have put a lot into this club,” he said.
Emotions could not have been any more contradictory for the Grix family on Thursday night.
While Warrington’s utility star scored the decisive try in a night’s brace two days before his 28th birthday, his older brother Scott had to withdraw from the Huddersfield ranks after his abductor tore off the bone in the previous week’s play-off game.
It puts paid to them playing together for Ireland in the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup, while Warrington’s sibling is not a certainty either.
“I’ve been carrying a couple of injuries and it’s a matter of seeing how I come through and whether it would risk my club rugby for next year. I would like to play but we’ll have to see how the body holds up.”
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