Hock future still uncertain

Gareth Hock
Gareth Hock
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GARETH Hock was remaining tight-lipped over his future last night.

The forward helped England to a 48-4 victory over France to clinch the autumn series, as rumours over a possible move to Parramatta next season continue to simmer.

Asked about his future, Hock replied: “It’s just rumours. I’ll wait and see what happens.”

Eels have already confirmed their interest in Hock, who has a long-term deal with the Warriors.

The 29-year-old added: “Everyone has been asking me about it, I’ve had to duck and dive a bit – I’ve just been trying to get on with my rugby.

“Now I’ll take a break and we’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, Hock revealed he had battled with a shoulder injury – suffered in Wigan’s last game of the season – throughout the series.

Sam Tomkins bagged two tries in the victory in Salford last night, with his Wigan team-mate Josh Charnley and Leeds’ Ryan Hall (4) and Rob Burrow also crossing in front of a crowd of less than 8,000.

And though some have questioned the logic of staging a tournament against France and Wales, Tomkins insists its true value will be laid bare in 12 months’ time.

The Man of Steel said: “We’ll see the benefits of this next year in the World Cup.

“It’s been the best camp I’ve known since I’ve been in the England team, we’ve become a real team and we’re all mates.

“I think we saw against France the fluidity in our attack, and that’s the hardest thing to achieve in a national team when you’ve spent the past 28 weeks bashing each other, but we’ve got that now.”