Barrow Raiders today confirmed the signing of former Super League forward Gareth Hock despite attention and interest from top tier clubs.
Hock, 35, was released from his contract with Barrow’s fellow Betfred Championship club Featherstone towards the end of the season after Rovers needed to cut costs and turned out for amateur outfit Cutsyke Raiders. The forward has made in excess of 200 Super League appearances and has turned out for Wigan Warriors, Widnes Vikings, Salford Red Devils, Leigh Centurions as well as Featherstone.
On his signing, a Barrow statement explained that “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.” They further added that they had fought off Super League interest – Hull FC were suggested to be interested in the veteran – and believe that the acquisition of the nine-time international will add further power to their pack, something they believe they were lacking in 2018. “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,” the club added.