Leigh adamant Hock will play against Salford

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Derek Beaumont has insisted that forward Gareth Hock will play against Salford Red Devils in the Challenge Cup next weekend.

There has been a war of words over whether Hock can feature against former club Salford, following the revelation that Hock signed an agreement with the Red Devils when he left the club which insisted he didn’t play against his former side.

However, Beaumont, speaking on Sky Sports’ Boots ‘N’ All programme on Wednesday, said that as long as Paul Rowley wants him to play, he will feature.

“There’s been a lot of speculation over that but I decide who plays for Leigh and Salford don’t decide that,” he said.

“There is a private agreement, a compromise agreement, between Salford and Gaz, I had no knowledge of that when I signed him. If I make an agreement with another club I’ll always honour it and stick to it but I wasn’t aware of it.

“In fact, there is a clause within it that prevents Gaz even telling anyone about it so his hands were a little bit tied.

“There is some stuff to be sorted off the field with Salford but I decide who plays for Leigh and Gaz Hock will definitely play against Salford, provided Paul (Rowley) picks him, of course.

“But he is certainly available for selection and I’d be surprised if Paul didn’t pick him.”