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NRL: Locke seeking early release from Warriors

Kevin Locke of the New Zealand Warriors. Photo / Richard Robinson
Kevin Locke of the New Zealand Warriors. Photo / Richard Robinson

Fullback Kevin Locke may have played his last game in Warriors colours.

The 25-year-old has reportedly been granted an early release to join English Super League club Salford immediately, who he has already signed to play for in 2015.

Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash announced the news today on Twitter, saying they had agreed to terms with the Warriors for Locke to join them immediately and are just waiting on a visa.

Warriors recruitment boss Dean Bell denied Locke had been granted a release and says he is still contracted until the end of the season, while discussions with Salford are on-going.

Locke has played 89 first grade games and scored 26 tries over six seasons at the Warriors.

After a delayed start to the year through injury, he found himself struggling for game time, with English import Sam Tomkins filling the No 1 jersey.

Meanwhile, Bell insists the club is not chasing veteran Manly centre Steve Matai, despite speculation they have tabled a four-year deal to the 29-year-old. Bell said there was "nothing in it whatsoever".

- NZ Herald

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