FORMER Warrington Wolves back rower Simon Grix has been confirmed as the new head coach of his hometown cub Halifax.

Grix joined The Wire from Fax and came through the academy ranks to carve out a brilliant Super League career in primrose and blue.

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He made 179 appearances for the club between 2006 and 2014, including two Grand Final defeats at Old Trafford.

His talent as a utility player made him a stand-out performer.

He played centre, in the halves, back-row and even covered at hooker during his time at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Consistency was a key feature of his game and he would have made many more appearances had it not been for a number of serious injuries.

Grix, an Ireland international, returned to his old stomping ground on a part-time basis and has featured in their second row since 2016 while also helping out with coaching.

He was placed in interim charge following the departure of ex-Wire assistant coach Richard Marshall but has today been confirmed as the new head coach on a contract that lasts until the end of 2021.