Hock debut pleases Centurions boss

Gareth Hock
Gareth Hock

LEIGH boss Paul Rowley was full of praise for new signing Gareth Hock as he scored twice on his debut against Workington.

The former Wigan and Salford forward started off the bench and replaced Fuifui Moimoi in the early stages.

“It was a positive debut and it was good to see him well appreciated by the supporters,” said Rowley.

“Gaz did need some game time and with Fui getting injured, he probably got more than I would have liked.

“Any new player coming into the team struggles at first so there’s some educating to do and it takes a lot of energy. Gaz was obviously low on energy having not played for quite a while so that will take some time. It’s also difficult to join a club in the middle of the season.”

Hock scored two tries as Centurions extended their club record for consecutive wins to 19. Martyn Ridyard kicked nine goals from nine attempts to become only the fourth Leigh player to achieve such a feat.

With Moimoi injured, Hock is likely to be involved again on Sunday when Leigh face Sheffield at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster.

Rowley added: “The sooner Gaz gets running on all cylinders the better. I’d say he’s probably at around 70 per cent of where he should be but it bodes well for the future.

“He showed he is difficult to stop. He was smart enough to draw in the defenders, take the knocks and get some quality offloads away.”