Betts unaware of Hock bid

  • Last Updated: April 17 2013, 13:15 BST

Widnes coach Denis Betts says he is unaware of potential interest in on-loan forward Gareth Hock from Australian club Paramatta Eels.

Gareth Hock: On loan at Widnes from Wigan this season
Gareth Hock: On loan at Widnes from Wigan this season

Second-row forward Hock, 29, is currently on a season-long loan deal at the Vikings from Wigan.

And reports are circulating that a deal between the Warriors and the NRL side could be done as early as this week.

However, Betts told the Liverpool Echo: "I don't know anything about it. We're not talking to him about next year; he's not our player, he's Wigan's player.

"He's here on loan for a year and we can't approach him. Nothing has been said to us.

"He's enjoying his time here; we're enjoying having him here and it's exciting having him in the side.

"He gives us a lift but whatever happens on the back of that is nothing to do with us."

Meanwhile, Betts has confirmed that stand-off Kevin Brown will play in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster on Friday after recovering from concussion suffered in the 28-26 defeat by Castleford on Saturday.

Betts felt the challenge on Brown warranted the attention of the officials.

"It was an illegal challenge with a shoulder charge to his chin which we've seen penalised continuously this year," he added. "The referee missed it.

"I'm not saying it was a sending-off offence or a brutal attack but in terms of how the game is now, it was an illegal challenge.

"It hit him in the head and any contact with the head is deemed to be illegal."


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