Beaumont backs Hock to fulfil potential with Leigh

Gareth Hock has joined Leigh Centurions
Gareth Hock has joined Leigh Centurions

LEIGH head of rugby Derek Beaumont says he expects Gareth Hock to thrive at the Centurions.

The former Salford and Wigan forward today signed for the Kingstone Press Championship champions.

If Gareth was an individual sportsman like a boxer or sprinter where he was totally in control of the outcome he would be a World Champion - such is his desire and commitment to win

Derek Beaumont

Beaumont said: “Gareth is a top quality rugby league player with a proven track record. It was evident to me in the performance for Salford against Saints that he was becoming frustrated. He is a born winner, a tough individual who leaves everything on the pitch and that is a quality I am looking forward to seeing Rowley embrace.

“If Gareth was an individual sportsman like a boxer or sprinter where he was totally in control of the outcome he would be a World Champion, such is his desire and commitment to win. However, he participates in a team game and when that appears to be letting him down his enthusiasm to make up for others can run away and that is something he won’t experience here at Leigh.

“Gareth comes to us with a complete clean sheet of paper upon which he can write his own future. He will be judged and rewarded by what he does at Leigh, not what he has done in the past. ‎He has been brought to our club because he is a World Class rugby player and that is all I am interested in.”

Mr Beaumont continued: “I am confident our culture and values will embrace and enhance him and to those who suggest that many have tried and failed I say those who have are not me and Rolls and we don’t base our judgements on others’ success or failure, but on our inner confidence and beliefs in what we can achieve.

“The fact that a player of Gareth’s calibre wants to join Leigh speaks volumes for where this club has come. The biggest selling tool we have at our club is our players. They speak from experience and Gareth just wants to be here because he believes in what we are doing and wants to be part of it, where he can enjoy his rugby and prove his critics wrong.

“All our boys can’t wait to get him in the group. They are on a journey and they are excited that having a marquee signing like Gareth in the camp will make that journey more achievable. I am confident our loyal fans will quickly embrace Gareth when he gets his debut at Easter.

“Rugby league is a tough game and no-one plays it tougher than Gareth Hock. Who would have thought two years ago we would have a pack containing Fuifui Moimoi and Gareth Hock! We have come a long way but have a long way to go!”