Brad Fash delivers Simon Grix verdict as Hull FC vice captain embraces recent changes

Hull FC forward Brad Fash.
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Brad Fash has been pleased with the job interim coach Simon Grix has done at Hull FC so far. The 38-year-old has stepped up following the departure of Tony Smith two months ago, with the former Halifax Panthers head coach, who signed a two-year deal with the club, in the role until the end of the season.

Tweaking Hull's systems and methods, Grix hasn't gone 'overboard' with Fash, who was promoted to a new vice-captain role ahead of this year, confident that the side can keep improving week by week under the current setup and get the win they crave.

The Black and Whites host Leeds Rhinos at the MKM Stadium this Saturday, looking to end an 11-game losing run, with Fash returning to the side two weeks ago after a three-month ankle injury.

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"Grixy has stepped up," Fash said. "He has changed things slightly. There is some adaption in how he wants to you to attack and defend. I don't think he's gone overboard or too far from what we've previously done.

"He's took more of an active role being a head coach. He's a lot more vocal than he was previously and he's doing a pretty good job so far. We're improving week on week. We had a slight dip a couple of weeks ago (at London) but other than that, I think we have improved.

"Hopefully, in the coming weeks, we can start to pick up some points. We want to win as many games as possible and pick up those wins when we can, improve performance wise, and get to a point where we are performing well consistently each week."

Hull have gone through a lot of change in recent weeks, with Richie Myler employed as the club's new Director of Rugby. So far, Myler has overseen four mid-season signings, not to mention a handful of loan deals, with a new coach, John Cartwright, set to take over in the autumn. Fash, meanwhile, is embracing those changes, even if he was sorry to a 'great bloke' leave the club in Tony Smith.

"I like Tony - he's a great bloke but unfortunately we've not been winning and it's not being going our way," Fash added. "Sometimes, that's what happens. There's a lot of change now, but it all seems to be positive and it's spoken in a positive light. If it comes through well and we start performing well and we train well and play well, then I can't see any of it being a bad thing."

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