Josh Griffin wants smooth path to Grand Final – and to spark Hull 'exercise' boom
JOSH Griffin hopes the only bumps he gets as Hull hope to reach the Grand Final are on the field – after his brand new car was damaged in a collision hours before their play-off win.
And if they make it, he fully expects 7pm-11pm on Friday week to be exercise time in the city, even if it is pouring with rain.
The Black and Whites’ centre was taking three-year-old son Louie to the park as he went on his usual pre-match routine ahead of Thursday’s match at Warrington, only for an elderly couple to pull out of a side street.
Thankfully, Griffin swerved meaning the impact was far less but still his Range Rover was damaged, forcing him to get a lift to get the team bus and he is now in a courtesy car.
Now as he prepares for Wigan tomorrow, he knows he is in for another rocky ride. Hopefully, solely on the pitch.
He said: “It was an eventful few days. It’s been an interesting year – that was just another day in 2020.
“I was just taking my son to the local park at about 10am, just to get some fresh air, go for a walk and kill some time.
“But an elderly couple pulled out of a side street in front of me. Luckily, though, there was a side street opposite, which meant I could swerve a bit.
“I’d only had the car for two-and-a-half weeks and I was self-isolating for 10 days of that period after testing positive for Covid-19!
“Their car was only small, so it could’ve been a lot worse. Had I not been able to swerve, I would’ve gone straight into the passenger door where the old woman was.
“My initial reaction was checking on my son, who was a bit shook up but chocolate solved everything, then the elderly couple.”
Griffin’s bump did not put him off as he played a part in a 27-12 win that sets up the last four shoot-out at Wigan – although he admits he was not sure whether his stiff neck the morning after was because of the collision or rugby.
Now a Grand Final place in Hull is on the line and if Andy Last’s men win, the 30-year-old expects West Park, which surrounds the new KCOM Stadium venue, to be unusually busy on the evening of November 27.
It would also show just how good a job the interim boss has done as he has turned a group of individuals into a team.
Griffin, who would become the third brother to play in the showpiece after Darrell and George, added: “OK, it’s not Old Trafford but I’d imagine a lot of people will be out for their hour’s exercise at 11pm.
“Just around the final whistle, even if it’s raining. That may play into our hands a bit.
“Wigan finished top of the table for a reason but we’re a different team than the Challenge Cup defeat to them.
“We’ve all bought into what Andy is trying to do. We’ve found that togetherness at the right time of the year.
“Everyone talked about how good we are on paper but we’ve gone from a team of individuals to one that turns up for each other – our game against Huddersfield was probably the moment we showed we’d changed.”
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