Hock to stay

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GARETH Hock today appeared increasingly likely to be staying at Wigan.

Parramatta’s pursuit of the blockbusting forward is thought to have stumbled after they failed to offer the Warriors a satisfactory transfer fee.

Hock has four years remaining on his contract and chairman Ian Lenagan was not prepared to let one of the club’s star players slip from their grasp without suitable compensation.

Parramatta had confirmed they were interested in the 29-year-old.

But sources Down Under say the Eels’ valuation of him is substantially lower than Wigan’s, suggesting Hock is likely to stay at his hometown club next season unless they table a much bigger offer.

Rumours he could be swapped for Eels centre Willie Tonga were understood to be wide of the mark.

Hock is thought to be keen to test himself in the NRL after a strong season in which he reclaimed his England spot and earned selection in the Super League Dream Team.

He would not be drawn on speculation after Test duty on Sunday, saying: “We’ll see what happens.”

Wigan received £250,000 from Saracens when Joel Tomkins departed a year ago. But they have also paid transfer fees themselves for all of their last three recruits, Matty Smith (Salford) and Hull KR pair Scott Taylor and Blake Green.