SCOTT GRIX knows he needs to make a massive pre-season impression – or risk losing the first-choice full-back spot straight away.
The 28-year-old has been handed the No1 shirt and been promised he’ll be given the first shot at being the Giants’ last line of defence in Super League XVIII.
It’s a decision that’s gone down well with Grix after spending much of last season playing at half-back.
But the former Wakefield Wildcats man, who will start at full-back in tonight’s trial clash at St Helens, knows that with Aaron Murphy also keen to play in the position, he can’t afford any slip-ups at all.
“I’m delighted to have been given the role back,” said Grix, who was named the Giants’ Supporters Player of the Year when he was the regular full-back during the 2011 campaign.
“Murph wants the shirt as well, so it’s down to me to make it mine,” he declared.
“I’ll get my first full-back shot in the trial games, and I know I’ll need to play well.
“Murph is a quality player, and I know (coach) Paul Anderson would have no hesitation in putting him there if I’m not performing to the standard he expects.
“And that’s the way it should be.
“I think it’s important to have back-up in every position and have someone constantly breathing down your neck eager to take your spot. There’s no better way to keep you on your toes.
“But I hope Murph finds himself having a frustrating time, because I want to keep the shirt!”
Grix, however, would be happy moving back into the halves if required.
Giants chief Anderson has made it clear his full-back is the first-choice back-up to scrum half Luke Robinson and stand-off Danny Brough – and Grix knows he’d be ready.
“Having been coached as a half-back for most of last year, I’d be comfortable moving back,” he added.
“But I hope Robbo and Broughy play well and keep injury-free so I’m not required!
“I know if that’s the case then it means we should be flying.”