GIANTS’ Scott Grix is one of a whole host of players who go into Sunday’s derby clash against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats having worn the colours of both clubs.
But while the 26-year-old Ireland international admits there will be a measure of bonhomie after the game, earning two points is all the players will be bothered about for 80 minutes.
“There does seem to be quite a lot of tie ups between the two clubs and the players know each other well, but all that goes out of the window once you go on the field,” said Grix.
“You are out on the field to do a job and everyone out there will want to do well and get the win.”
For the Giants a victory would seal their place in the play-offs, while Trinity come to the Galpharm Stadium looking to keep alive their hopes of a top eight finish, but Grix felt that for the Giants gaining a win over their neighbours was merely part of the bigger picture.
“To be honest we have not been looking at the table too much because what matters is that we keep our good form going,” he explained.
“We want to take some real momentum into the business end of the season.
“It just needs two points to ensure we go into the play-offs, but that is not the end of the job, we need to keep producing better and better performances and that starts with beating Wakefield.”
While the Giants still have a number of players on the injured list, Grix is just looking forward to the competition that will exist in the camp as those players return for the season’s finale.
“I feel that we definitely should be very competitive come the end of the season,” said Grix.
“We have been going well and, after the break for the Challenge Cup, we should have a lot of extra players fit and that will be awesome for the coach Nathan (Brown) and the club.
“Those of us who are involved right now know that we have to keep producing our best because it will not be long before the other guys are back, so you have to do everything you can to make sure that you have done enough to keep a shirt.
“But when you have got the likes of Keith Mason, David Fa’alogo and Andy Raleigh to come back in, that can only make everyone at the club very confident that we can be strong for the play-offs.
“It means that we should have a lot of fresh players about and, if we can hit top form and keep the momentum going, there can be no excuses this time round in the play-offs.
“We certainly don’t want it to be like last year when we went out pretty much straight away, we want to have a run in the play-offs this season.”
Leeds have put Greg Eastwood on the transfer list at his own request.
The New Zealand international second-row forward only joined the Rhinos from Canterbury on a three-year deal at the start of the season, but has struggled to settle in England – despite his father coming from Meltham – and approached the Headingley Carnegie club to see if they would allow him to return to the NRL.
They have agreed to do that, and the 23-year-old will return to Australia at the end of the season, although any interested parties will have to pay £100,000 for his services.
“Following a meeting between (coach) Brian McClennan and Greg Eastwood, the player requested to be placed on the transfer list so he can speak to clubs in the NRL,” said chief executive Gary Hetherington.
“As a club we are proud of our record of attracting overseas players and making them feel welcome as part of our family, with the current squad including a number of players who have agreed extensions on the original deals that brought them to the club.
“Unfortunately Greg has failed to settle into life on the other side of the world and thousands of miles away from his family. Greg has two years remaining on his contract and therefore we will be releasing him from that obligation and we value him at £100,000.”
Eastwood is currently sidelined with a leg injury, his second long-term absence of the season, and he admitted it had been tough for him to ask Leeds to allow him to return home.
He said: “The club have been great with me and I really appreciate that.”