Hock’s off

Gareth Hock (left) and Pat Richards
Gareth Hock (left) and Pat Richards

GARETH Hock’s departure from his hometown club is expected to be announced this week.

The England forward looks set to join the Vikings on a season-long loan after his relationship with Wigan soured. Salford were also chasing him.

A loan move to Widnes, where his brother-in-law Kevin Brown is captain, leaves the door open for a possible return to the Warriors – and has other considerable benefits.

Hock will have a chance to shine on a weekly basis for Denis Betts’ side, keeping his stock high should Wigan choose to sell him at the end of this season to another Super League or NRL club.

A loan also prevents Widnes selling him for a quick profit to one of Wigan’s major opponents.

The Evening Post revealed last week that Hock was poised for a departure.