Whatever Leigh have said I think it's unlikely Hock will play.
Settlement agreements replaced compromise agreements in July 2013 but work in much the same way. They are commonly used to enable an employer and employee to part company on agreed terms, usually when the relationship has become untenable for some reason. Hock will have been fully informed as to the content and effect of the agreement, because such agreements are not binding unless the employee receives independent legal advice before signing. History suggests, however, that he might just be dim enough to have failed to grasp the implications, however carefully they were explained to him.
Whatever the financial settlement was, he can expect to forfeit the whole of it if he acts in breach of the agreement. If the Leigh chairman chooses to stump up that kind of sum for the sake of one appearance, he really must have more brass than brains.
I expect Salford to win irrespective of any Hock involvement.
Another part of my life gone. When I was growing up in the 50s and 60s, I knew Richie as a superb all rounder and a truly outstanding captain. His leadership was instrumental in taking Australia back to the top of the tree after a period of England dominance under Hutton and May.
To me then the voices of cricket were Arlott, Swanton and Johnston. Later on Richie took up that mantle and became arguably the finest cricket commentator of them all. He always seemed to have insights the others didn't have, and if it didn't need saying, he didn't say it.
I always rated Stuart and was sorry to see him leave Odsal, although he always seemed like a Union player playing League, not surprisingly I suppose. Big, powerful and quick with ball in hand, not quite such an asset in defence.
Albert's a great technician but I've often thought his playing lacks soul! He's the country equivalent of all those terribly tedious Metal guitar players like Eddie Van Halen. I'd still stand watching open mouthed mind!
Which is pretty much what I did for two hours last night.
Thing about Albert is that he is extremely versatile as well as technically brilliant. Over the years I've seen him with Clapton, the Everlys, Rhythm Kings and Hogan's Heroes, and he always looks supremely comfortable and to be having a great time. At 70 his powers seem undiminished, long may he continue.
The fact that Lyth, Bairstow, Rashid and Brooks have all been unable to find favour with the England closed shop has turned out to be a big advantage. Personally I don't care too much whether they do get called up by England, much as I like to see England win. I think the central contract system has a negative effect on County cricket, which for me remains the lifeblood of the sport in this country.
Rashid was taken into the system a few years ago and has only recently recovered after sitting on his a**e or carrying drinks for two years. If he'd been allowed to develop properly, i.e. by doing lots of bowling, the Swann retirement would have been no big deal.
Great to be Champions again. When I was in my teens winning the Championship was almost routine for Yorkshire, let's hope we have a similar run over the next few seasons.