Gareth Hock today appeared increasingly likely to be staying with the Wigan Warriors.
The Parramatta Eels’ pursuit of the blockbusting forward is thought to have stumbled after they failed to offer the Warriors a satisfactory transfer fee.
Hock has four years remaining on his contract and chairman Ian Lenagan was not prepared to let one of the club’s star players slip from their grasp without suitable compensation.
But sources Down Under say the Eels’ valuation of him is substantially lower than Wigan’s, suggesting Hock is likely to stay at his home town club next season unless they table a much bigger offer.
Rumours he could be swapped for Eels centre Willie Tonga were understood to be wide of the mark.