Leigh Centurions have confirmed that forward Gareth Hock has extened his contract with the club until the end of the 2018 season.
The 32-year-old joined the club from Salford Red Devils in February 2015. He id delighted to continue his relationship with Leigh coach Paul Rowley.
“I am really pleased to be able to secure my future to end my playing days at Leigh,” he said.
“Despite only having been here a short period of time I am happier than I have ever been in my career.
“Maybe part of that is that I am older and wiser and better for it but I still have the same burning ambition and desire to win and succeed and I want to end my career winning something with Leigh.
“I have built a good relationship with Rolls [Paul Rowley] and the rest of the coaching team and squad and a lot of friends have joined the club so we have a really healthy mix of hard work, professionalism and fun.
“I like how Rolls sees the game and the way we play and I am really enjoying my rugby and coming to work. I function best when I am happy and secure; it gives me confidence. I sat down with Derek Beaumont [Leigh owner] in Lanzarote and it was really easy.
“Derek has been really good for me. He has a good understanding of me and is always there for me happy to help. He cares about his players and the team and shows a genuine interest in our wellbeing.
“I want to pay him back for that and as he always says you can do that for me on the field. I just couldn’t visualise myself playing anywhere else now, even if that meant finishing my career outside Super League.
“I am committed to this club and will do everything in my power to finish at the highest level on a high, having achieved something great with Leigh.
“I have always said there is another chapter in my book and I am looking forward to playing out what I want to be written.”
Leigh coach Rowley is delighted to have Hock’s long-term future at the club secured.
“It’s great that Gareth has signed an extended contracted for Leigh Centurions,” he said.
“He expressed a strong desire to remain at Leigh and therefore it was a very simple decision as players of Gareth’s quality are very rare.
“I have enjoyed coaching Gaz to this point and am looking forward to that continuing. Gareth is a popular team member and this will be welcome news to both teammates and staff.”