Hock cannot face Salford, insists adamant Koukash

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has insisted that the agreement signed by Gareth Hock when he left the club dictates he cannot play against them in their upcoming Challenge Cup tie with Leigh.

Hock’s new club were drawn to face the Red Devils later this month in a mouthwatering cup tie, which immediately sparked talk of Hock facing his former club so early in his Leigh career.

But, as League Express revealed this past week, there is an agreement in place which means Hock cannot face his former club – and Koukash insists that the agreement must be respected.

“As part of his release agreement that he signed with us, it was agreed that he couldn’t play any competitive games against us,” said Koukash.

“Gareth was fully aware of that. The discussions were with Gareth and his agent and, from what I’m hearing, Leigh were made aware of the clause.

“It’s in black and white and agreements are made to be respected.”