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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 November 2006, 17:27 GMT
Hock agrees new deal with Wigan
Gareth Hock
Hock returned to action this summer after 14 months on the sidelines
Wigan have tied highly-rated forward Gareth Hock to a new long-term deal.

The 23-year-old, who has impressed for Great Britain in the Tri-Nations, has agreed a new deal which keeps him with the Warriors until 2010.

"Gareth has a great future, which meant it was imperative he stays with us at Wigan," said chairman Maurice Lindsay.

"He is a big, raw-boned lad with a controlled aggressive streak that makes him both feared and respected. I think he will be the next Adrian Morley."

Hock made his comeback this summer following 14 months out following a knee reconstruction and a stress fracture of the leg.

The 2003 Super League Young Player of the Year signed a new deal in November last year but has decided to extend his stay.

"It was a tough time for me when I was out of the game for so long," he said.

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"But getting back into the side is great and I am looking forward to next season. Wigan is my hometown club and I want to win some trophies with the Cherry and Whites."

And Lindsay hopes that this new contract will end the interest in Hock from Australian clubs.

"He is showing everybody what he is capable of on a world stage and that is sure to attract attention from Australian clubs," he said.

"But it's hands off because he's a Wigan player until at least 2010."

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