Hock to go on loan?

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GARETH Hock’s expected move to Widnes could be on a season-long loan.

The England forward – unsettled at his home-town club – looks set to leave for another Super League outfit, with Vikings the favourites.

Salford had also sounded him out.

Reds coach Phil Veivers refused to comment last night about whether he would be interested in Hock.

But Widnes are the clear favourites with a loan spell seeming the most likely arrangement.

Asked about Hock after last night’s 34-16 win at Salford, Wane said only: “I’ve no comment to make on that one, sorry.”

But he was more forthcoming in paying tribute to new half-backs Matty Smith and Blake Green after a “very satisfying” win at the City of Salford Stadium.

The pair were heavily involved as the Warriors ran in seven tries, including two by Josh Charnley.

Wane said: “We were outstanding in the first half.

“Our completion was something like 97 per cent which, in these conditions, was very satisfying.

“The second half was more scrappy which I expected, with so many changes, but overall I was pleased.

“It was a good day at the office.

“The real positive was our enthusiasm throughout the squad, some of our skill was good and Blake and Matty acquitted themselves, they blended in well and they’ll only get better.”

Wane rested Sam Tomkins last night and hinted he may not figure in next weekend’s final pre-season friendly, at Warrington.