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So Hock has joined Widnes

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after telling Ian Lenaghan he wouldn't play for Wigan anymore. Classy from a bloke after the club stood by him after his ban.

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There are a lot of rumours going round, some seem to think it was the other way round (ie the management telling him he wouldn't play for Wigan again!).

Whatever, its a loss to Wigan this year,especially after losing so many quality players at the end of last year. Looks like I'm going to have to revise my expectations for this season down.... again!

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There are a lot of rumours going round, some seem to think it was the other way round (ie the management telling him he wouldn't play for Wigan again!).

Whatever, its a loss to Wigan this year,especially after losing so many quality players at the end of last year. Looks like I'm going to have to revise my expectations for this season down.... again!

No need for rumours read the quotes straight from Lenagan here

I think its fair to say he hasn't pulled any punches!

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He's not joined Widnes...he's on a seasons loan. see http://www.wiganwarriors.com/WContent.aspx?id=7869&type=1

Following Hock's demands for more money in mid-season, insistence at short notice in October on a move to Australia and discussions instigated by the player in December around his request to move to another Super League club, Gareth Hock refused completely after Christmas to return to rehabilitation and pre-season training at Wigan. He informed Wigan Warriors that he would not be continuing his career at the Club, expected the Club to sack him and insisted upon a move elsewhere.

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Unprofessional and ungrateful, if the above is true. Very disappointed in him.

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Well that statement is different from the usual anodyne press releases.

Hock well and truly filleted by Ian Lenegan.

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No need for rumours read the quotes straight from Lenagan here

I think its fair to say he hasn't pulled any punches!

Thanks Shrek, I hadn't seen that, just heard the 'other' rumours floating around. I'm glad IL has set the record straight and I'm very disappointed in Hock, especially after the club have seemingly pushed the boat out in the past to keep him both at Wigan and on the straight and narrow.

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Hock off to Widnes to play alongside his brother in law.

In relation to Hock's "demands" for more money in mid-season, does this mean for the back end of last season, or for this coming season?

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Having fully read that... wow... both barrels from IL. The really interesting parts for me were

We acceded to his recent request for a move to Australia on the basis that a change of environment and a different competition might be good socially for him, provided it was also financially beneficial to Wigan. However, this did not transpire. Even though better offers have been now received, he has made it clear he does not now wish to move to Australia and will not play for Wigan

Sounds like the move to Aus could have still been on but Hock decided against it. And...

He is not allowed to play against Wigan in any competitions

Well... good business sense from IL, it sounds like Hock has REALLY burnt his bridges with the club

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Of course we are only hearing the clubs side of things,we may never know the real truth.

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Of course we are only hearing the clubs side of things,we may never know the real truth.

In fairness, with regards to Hock I'm more likely to believe the club... but I guess it will all come out in him post career biography.

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truth doesn't really matter...this is an internet forum. :)

Anyone who lived through the Jack Robinson & Mo years of conflict over Shelford, Hanley, Edwards, Gregory etc will think this is a fuss over nothing. Good outcome for Widnes.

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This is the critical part of the article regarding moving to Oz

"We acceded to his recent request for a move to Australia on the basis that a change of environment and a different competition might be good socially for him, provided it was also financially beneficial to Wigan. However, this did not transpire."

Parramatta did not offer much or anything of a Transfer Fee.

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Where does this leave Wigan. On paper, looking like weakest squad for last few years. Not much in way of depth. What do Wigan fans think? A huge amount of pressure on untried combo of Blake Green/Matty Smith.

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It's interesting Andy but it then goes on to say that better offers have been received and that Hock himself decided not to go

the rest of your quote you started makes it even more interesting.

However, this did not transpire. Even though better offers have been now received, he has made it clear he does not now wish to move to Australia and will not play for Wigan

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all i can say is..............................YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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What do Wigan fans think? Well, this one thinks," Good luck to him , more trouble than he is worth."

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good luck to widnes but if wigan can't handle him i don't have much hope for them, glad he can't play against us would have ended up a brawl.

no wonder wigan are 3000 season tickets down we have a very poor squad now :(

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to be fair, denis betts has laid his cards on the table with regards to club discipline, he had no hesitation to sack scott moore and anthony watts last season for misdemeanors, so obviously gaz knows this and he will have to toe the line or be out on his backside.

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" if wigan can't handle him"

But they have handled him, and in effect issued a warning to others, too.

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Its great to read a press release that tells it how it is!

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To be honest the big question for me is why a Wigan lad would suddenly decide he no longer wants to play for his hometown club and desperately wants to go anywhere else?

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