Hock on Salford wish list

Gareth Hock
Gareth Hock
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SALFORD could be poised to try and ambush Gareth Hock’s move to Parramatta – as they keep track of Warriors forward Harrison Hansen.

New owner Dr Marwan Koukask has given coach Brian Noble the green light to recruit heavily to turnaround their fortunes next season.

And though Hock has agreed a contract with the Eels for 2014, speculation was intensifying last night that the 29-year-old may stay in Super League.

Parramatta have paid Wigan a six-figure transfer for the England Test player, who is currently playing on loan at Widnes after a bitter fall-out with hometown club.

And any U-turn would need both of those parties to reach a settlement.

Intriguingly, former Wigan and GB star Bobbie Goulding took to Twitter on Wednesday to suggest Salford were poised to make a “massive signing in the pack for next season” who he described as being “one of the best three forwards in this country.”

That player is thought to be Hock, with some suggestion he has got cold feet about leaving for Australia.

Koukash is certainly desperate to land marquee recruits to turn Salford into a side capable of winning trophies and moved for Hock before his switch to Widnes earlier this year.

Wigan bosses are aware of the Reds’ interest in Hansen, but they have an option on his contract for next year and want to keep hold of the Salford-born forward.

Wigan prop Lee Mossop has also signed for Parramatta for next season.