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Eels talk with British forward

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BRAD WALTER

"I can confirm we are in discussions only, at this time" ... Eels chief executive Ken Edwards on Wigan's Gareth Hock.

"I can confirm we are in discussions only, at this time" ... Eels chief executive Ken Edwards on Wigan's Gareth Hock. Photo: Getty Images

Wigan hardman Gareth Hock may be the next English forward to join the NRL after being linked with a move to Parramatta next season.

Parramatta officials have confirmed talks with the management of Hock, whose style has been likened to that of former Sydney Roosters prop Adrian Morley, but insist no deal has been done.

''I can confirm we are in discussions only, at this time,'' Eels chief executive Ken Edwards said.

Former Great Britain halfback and current France coach Bobbie Goulding sparked speculation about the possible move, tweeting: ''My contacts in Aus tell me Gareth Hock signed for Parramatta Eels 4 year contract signed today''.

Hock, 29, is considered one of the most aggressive players in Super League and was suspended for four matches last year for eye gouging. The second-rower was named the Super League rookie of the year in 2004 and has also served a two-year drug ban.

Meanwhile, Hock's Wigan teammate George Carmont is expected to be among four signings new Warriors coach Matthew Elliott hopes to announce later this week, while Bradford winger Shaun Ainscough has also announced he will be playing in Australia next year but hasn't said where.

 

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