Locke chose Salford over code switch


10th July 2014

New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke rejected offers from Edinburgh and Glasgow to switch codes before making the move to First Utility Super League with Salford Red Devils.

The 25-year-old, who made the revelation at his first news conference at the AJ Bell Stadium, has taken up a three-and-a-half year contract with Salford after gaining a release from New Zealand Warriors and, after making an impressive tryscoring Super League bow in the Red Devils' 36-10 win at Huddersfield Giants last weekend, is set to make his home debut against Hull FC on Saturday.

The Kiwis' World Cup full-back said: "It was more the fact that the coach was trying to put me in there at hooker or where they could slot me in.

"I just couldn't adapt to that so I really forced it upon them to try to get over here.

"The media hyped a lot of it up back home but it has been hard.

"But from day one, when I flew into the country, I've loved it. I've actually felt the happiest I've been for a few years and I've spoken to my family back home about how good it is over here.

"It's a fresh start for me. I was starting to dislike rugby league just because of the way the Warriors were treating me but now I've started to love it again.

"I got a few union offers in Scotland around the same time as here, from Edinburgh and Glasgow, but I wanted to stay in league. I didn't want to switch."

Locke was late for his press conference after going for hospital scans on a groin injury but Salford coach Iestyn Harris is confident he will face Hull.

"We'll wait for the result of scans but at this stage, we're hopeful he will play on Saturday," Harris said. "He trained well yesterday."