Hock: Leaving Wigan is my biggest regret

Gareth Hock in his Wigan days
Gareth Hock in his Wigan days

GARETH Hock says leaving Wigan was the biggest regret of his career.

The forward returns to the DW Stadium tomorrow night for the official launch of his autobiography.

Hock made nearly 200 appearances for Wigan between 2003 and the end of 2012 – a period which included a two-year doping ban – before moving on, first to Widnes on loan and then Salford after an aborted switch to the NRL.

Hock told the Evening Post: “I was only saying to my fiancee yesterday that, of all the things that have happened, leaving Wigan is the biggest regret.

“My life at the time was up and down, that’s why I left, but I wish I was with Wigan with the mind-set I’ve got now.

“My life now is totally different to the way it was – after training I look forward to coming home and playing with the kids.

“Leaving has done me good in a way, but that’s my biggest regret.”

Hock, who is enjoying life at Championship club Leigh Centurions, says he has “nothing to hide” in his book.

“With what has happened in my life, I thought it’d be good to get my side of the story,” he said.

Hock will be signing copies of his autobiography from 7pm at the DW Stadium on Tuesday before a question and answer session with former team-mates Sam Tomkins, Micky McIlorum, Micky Higham, Josh Charnley, Kevin Brown, Sean Long and Terry O’Connor.