Exclusive: Ex-Salford and Wakefield Trinity fullback Kevin Locke turns down Super League club

Kevin Locke rejected a Super League club before taking the opportunity to kickstart his career back in France, according to his agent.

Locke initially burst onto the scene as a New Zealand Warriors star, devastating NRL defences in his six seasons with the Warriors with some silky skills and electric pace.

In 88 games, the fullback registered 26 tries and converted 28 goals, but it was the transfer of Sam Tomkins to the Warriors that would see Locke edged out.

A remarkable move to the Salford Red Devils towards the back end of the 2014 Super League season raised eyebrows in both hemispheres as Locke made 15 appearances in 2014 and then 2015.

However, his time at Salford was cut short and a deal to sign for Wakefield Trinity took him to West Yorkshire in June 2015.

Again, his time at his new club lasted just a year, with Locke ending his stay in rugby league in June 2016 to swap codes.

A few moves to different sides followed, but the once-sparkling number one couldn’t settle, but he has been quietly building his career from the bottom up.

That has seen Locke play for the Souths Logan Magpies in Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup last season, but he is now playing in France for AS Carcassonne in the French Elite One Championship in 2022.

However, his agent, when contacted by Serious About Rugby League, previously revealed that “there were a few offers from clubs in the UK, but that a move to France was ‘the best option'” for his client.

However, the Super League club who held an interest in Locke has now been named as the Salford Red Devils, according to his agent once more.

Championship club London Broncos were also said to have approached the fullback and his agent.

That would have signalled an incredible UK return for Locke who is perhaps determined to right a few wrongs in the world of rugby league.

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8 days ago

I see you’re still listening to agents to provide your journalism; have you thought of asking parking attendants outside grounds or refreshment providers inside. You could always ask one of those The End Is Nigh people with sandwhich boards and publish it as “However, God contacted SARL to say ……” Actually come to think about it any one of those would probably give you more credibilty than an agent!