SCOTT GRIX won’t be allowed to take a starting full-back berth for granted.
That’s the message from Giants head coach Paul Anderson following the departure of Greg Eden to Super League rivals Hull KR.
Eden spent the vast majority of last season as Huddersfield’s last line of defence, with Grix (left) being used primarily as a half-back.
But Anderson has made it clear Danny Brough and Luke Robinson will be his first-choice half-backs in 2013, meaning Grix will be reverting back to the No1 slot.
The 28-year-old was named the Giants Supporters Player of the Year when he played full-back during the 2011 campaign, but with utility back Aaron Murphy ready to mount a challenge for the position, the Huddersfield chief is keeping an open mind.
“Grixy will get the No1shirt next season, but that doesn’t mean he’s nailed on to be our regular full-back,” revealed Anderson.
“I’m expecting Grixy and Aaron Murphy to push each other all the way for the right to get the position.
“At this stage, I’ve got no pre-conceived ideas about who the starting full-back will be or what the starting team for our first game at St Helens on February 2 will be for that matter.
“I’m just pleased we’ve two quality players capable of filling the role and doing an excellent job for us, and that’s the way it should be. Everyone needs to be fighting, and fighting hard, for a place.
“I might not know who will be trotting out at Saints early next year, but I do know is that we’ve a load of blokes ready to go and challenge every day to do the best they possibly can.
“That’s all we can ask, and that, ultimately, will determine who’ll play and who won’t.”