Hock: I'll play my normal game
England forward Gareth Hock insists there will be no divided loyalties as he aims to help Widnes end the season with victory at Salford.
The 29-year-old second rower was on Thursday unveiled as one of 12 new signings for the newly-named Red Devils but he will be going up against them on Friday night as he brings his stay with the Vikings to a close at the Salford City Stadium.
Salford are just a point in front of bottom club London Broncos, who play their final game of the season at Hull KR on Sunday, but Hock says he will have no sympathy for his next employers' current plight.
"I'm just going to play my normal game," Hock said. "England will be watching and I owe it to Widnes because they have been really good for me. I've really enjoyed it this season."
Hock, who is hoping for a place in England coach Steve McNamara's World Cup squad, was thrown a lifeline by Widnes at the start of the season following a much-publicised fall-out with his home-town club Wigan.
He was due to join Australian club Parramatta at the end of his season-long loan spell with the Vikings but secured a release after his partner became pregnant and jumped at the chance to join the Red Revolution.
"I've got a little baby on the way, so that was one of the reasons," Hock said.
"(Parramatta coach) Ricky Stuart was really good with it. He understood my situation.
"I'm looking forward to next season at Salford - there is a big buzz around the club.
"There is no reason why they can't win something with the quality of players they are bringing in and they'll probably bring in some more."
Hock has signed a four-year deal with Red Devils, along with his England team-mate Rangi Chase, the other major recruit for Brian Noble's new-look side.
Chase, the 2011 Man of Steel who will play his last match for Castleford at Wakefield on Sunday, admitted it was a relief to end the uncertainty over his future.
"It is a bit of a weight off the shoulders," he said. "It feels a lot better now that it's out there.
"I can just focus on my last game at Cas and training for England before thinking about my future at Salford."
Salford owner Marwan Koukash is thought to have splashed close to £350,000 on transfer fees for Hock, Chase and Wakefield scrum-half Tim Smith.