Centurions linked with move for Hock

Gareth Hock
Gareth Hock

ENGLAND forward Gareth Hock could be a target for Leigh Centurions.

Salford owner Marwan Koukash has called time on Hock’s career with the club.

The reigning Kingstone Press Championship Champions Leigh are reportedly monitoring the situation though their coach Paul Rowley would not be drawn on the speculation last night.

The 31-year-old former Wigan second-rower was last week given a six-match ban by the Rugby Football League after being found guilty of two separate offences of kneeing opponents.

It was another tale of woe for Hock who is no stranger to controversy. He missed the end of last season after being banned for seven games for deliberately making contact with a referee and will now be sidelined until Easter Monday, although who, if anyone, he will be playing for by then remains to be seen.

Writing on Twitter on Monday night, Koukash, who last week claimed Hock might want to think of doing something other than rugby, said: “Gareth Hock has left the club. I thank him for his services and wish him well and the very best for the future. Good luck mate.”

Koukash added of the forward: “Whatever you think of Gaz as a player, he is a very nice person and did deserve all the help he got and will get off me.”

Hock submitted a transfer request last September but later withdrew it and appeared in Salford’s opening two games of the season.

He served a two-year ban from 2009-10 for cocaine use and was thrown out of the England squad on the eve of the 2013 World Cup for a breach of discipline.