Leigh Centurions can confirm that Gareth Hock has parted company with the Club to pursue his aim of ending his playing career in Super League.
The former Great Britain and England international forward joined Leigh in February 2015 following his release from Salford and scored 12 tries in 53 games for the Centurions.
Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “I have become good friends with Gaz during his time at my Club and it has been a pleasure to have him play in our colours.
He has achieved so much in the game and I am grateful for his efforts, joining us in the Championship, sticking with it and eventually seeing us make it into Super League.
“He started the campaign in fantastic form until picking up an injury and ultimately that played its part in the way our season ended. Gaz deserves to end his time playing in the Super League after the career he has had and I wish him well in that campaign, as he still has a lot to offer in his no nonsense game.
“He is more composed these days but hasn’t lost that competitive and aggressive edge so he will be an asset to whoever he joins. I am sure that our fans will wish him well for the future.”
Gareth Hock said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Leigh. In fact I have loved every minute. It is right up there with Wigan as the best clubs I have played for. I was absolutely made up for Degsy and the fans when we got to Super League as I knew how much he put into it and what it meant to him and everyone at the Club.
“I was gutted when I couldn’t add to it at the end and saw it not work out. I know Degsy well – he won’t give in and I have no doubt he will get Leigh back where they belong in Super League. I will be made up for him and all the fans when he does.
“The fans have been really good to me and mean a lot to me. I will always remember my time at Leigh and I thank them for making me so welcome.”
Wigan born, Hock came up through the Warriors’ scholarship and academy ranks and earned Great Britain Academy international honours in 2001.
After making his first team debut for Wigan in 2003 he made rapid progress and established a reputation as one of the best forwards in the game. He went on to make 191 appearances for the Warriors before leaving to spend a season-long loan spell at Widnes in 2013 and then joining Salford.
In a notable career to date the 34-year-old has made a total of 297 appearances, including 17 on the international stage and scored 80 tries. His man of the match performance in Leigh’s early season victory over Warrington Wolves will remain an enduring memory of his time at LSV.