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Wigan's Gareth Hock joins Widnes Vikings on loan

Gareth Hock while playing for England in December Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

Wigan Warriors have announced their back row Gareth Hock is joining Widnes Vikings on a season-long loan.

The club said the deal will run until November 2013, but could be extended.

Vikings will pay warriors a 'significant ongoing' fee for Hock.

It follows an acrimonious end to 2012 when Hock demanded more money, a move to Australia and then wanted to discuss moving to another Super League Club.

He refused to return for pre-season training at Wigan after Christmas and told the club he would not be continuing his career there.

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan said: "Gareth Hock has made it clear in face-to-face discussions with me and via his agent that he has no intention of playing for the Wigan club. This is hugely disappointing to me, to the Wigan fans and to the club who have all treated him well.

"We have gone to unique lengths to help him get his life back on track after his ban two years ago including increasing his contract voluntarily on two separate occasions to help him financially against a backdrop of his threats to leave.

"The Wigan club has consistently supported the player and has done all that any club could be asked to do."

Mr Lenagan said Hock will not be allowed to play against Wigan and that he and club were determined for him not to play for one of their "major competitors".

Mr Lenagan added: "It is known that Gareth was upset that Shaun Wane took away his number 12 Squad Number – hardly surprising in the light of his expected departure to Australia – but we were expecting him to concentrate on his injury rehabilitation and to fight for his place in the Team.

“Having stood by Gareth Hock, we feel let down by his attitude under both Michael Maguire and Shaun Wane since returning to play for Wigan.”

"I have instructed Wigan staff to now leave this issue behind, concentrate upon the coming season and make no further comment."

Hock undergoes shoulder surgery

Gareth Hock will miss the start of the new Super League season after undergoing shoulder surgery Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/

Wigan and England forward Gareth Hock will miss the start of the new Super League season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The 29-year-old back rower missed the Warriors' pre-season training camp in Florida before Christmas after having the operation following England's autumn internationals but the injury was kept under wraps until today.

"Gareth will be out for at least six weeks of the new season," coach Shaun Wane told the Wigan Evening Post.

"We're fortunate that we have a number of talented second rowers in the squad."

Hock's injury setback emerged amid fresh rumours over his future at Wigan.

He was poised to join Australian club Parramatta in the winter after recapturing his form following his return from a two-year drugs ban.

However, the move fell through and Hock subsequently lost his Wigan number 12 jersey to Liam Farrell.

Wigan Warriers' Gareth Hock loses appeal against two-match ban

Wigan forward Gareth Hock has lost his appeal against the two-match ban he received following his dismissal against St Helens on Sunday.

Hock was one of three players sent off by referee Ben Thaler following a brawl at a scrum. He was suspended after the Rugby Football League's disciplinary panel met last night.Today he appealed against the severity of the sentence but the original decision was upheld.

Hock, who has been an ever-present up to now, will miss Friday's game with champions Leeds and Wigan's trip to Catalan Dragons the following Saturday.

He was not named in Wigan coach Shaun Wane's 19-man squad, which includes youngsters Rhodri Lloyd and Jack Murphy, both hoping to make their debuts.