Leigh Centurions: Hock extends contract

Leigh forward Gareth Hock. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Leigh forward Gareth Hock. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

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Gareth Hock has signed an extended contract which will keep him at Leigh until the end of 2018.

Hock, 32, is a former Great Britain and England international forward who joined the club in February 2015 following his release from Salford Red Devils.

Wigan born, he came through the Wigan scholarship and academy ranks and after winning Great Britain Academy international honours in 2001 made his first team debut in 2003 against Doncaster, earning Heritage Number 953.

He scored a total of 48 tries in 191 games for Wigan before leaving the club to spend a season long loan at Widnes in 2013 when he scored ten tries in 16 games.

In September 2013 he signed a four-year contract at Salford and scored six tries in 18 games for the Red Devils, taking his club tally to 64 tries in 227 games with a further nine appearances on the international stage.

Hock scored five tries in 17 appearances in his first year at LSV. The club did have a one year option on his services after the end of this season but that has now been replaced by the new contract.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “It’s great that Gareth has signed an extended contracted for Leigh Centurions. He expressed a strong desire to remain at Leigh and therefore it was a very simple decision as players of Gareth’s quality are very rare.

“I have enjoyed coaching Gaz to this point and am looking forward to that continuing. Gareth is a popular team member and this will be welcome news to both teammates and staff.”

Hock said: “I am really pleased to be able to secure my future to end my playing days at Leigh. Despite only having been here a short period of time I am happier than I have ever been in my career.

“Maybe part of that is that I am older and wiser and better for it but I still have the same burning ambition and desire to win and succeed and I want to end my career winning something with Leigh.”