Barrow fight off Super League clubs to sign Gareth Hock

Barrow have won the race to sign ex-England star Gareth Hock for the 2019 campaign.

The 35-year-old agreed a release from his contract with Featherstone Rovers at the end of the 2018 season, with the Championship club struggling financially.

But Hock, who earned nine caps for Great Britain and England, decided to join the Raiders rather than having one last crack in Super League.

In a statement released by Barrow, it read: “It is fair to say that Gareth has had his share of problems but after conducting extensive interviews, the coaching staff and the board are satisfied that those issues are in the past.

“Barrow fought off bids from three Super League clubs that had offers on the table but it was Gareth’s desire to go to a club going places whilst retaining his employment for future years.

“Hock’s CV is littered with achievements; international caps, Super League Young Player of the Year and a Grand Final appearance.

“Barrow knew they were light in the front-row and at times last season, light with aggression and Gareth will solve both of those issues.

“He has promised to be an influential figure in the dressing room and help fire our boys to victories. We believe this is another step in the right direction and a statement of our intent.”

Hock made almost 200 appearances for hometown club Wigan Warriors, before enjoying spells at Widnes Vikings, Salford Red Devils, Leigh Centurions and Featherstone.