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Super League's Salford sign Warrior Locke

Super League's Salford sign Warrior Locke
Warriors back Kevin Locke has signed a three-year deal with Super League cub Salford Reds. Credit: Wayne Drought. Copyright: NRL Photos.

Super League club Salford have announced the signing of Warriors NRL fullback Kevin Locke on a three-year contract.

The Red Devils' ambitious owner Marwan Koukash hailed the deal as evidence of his determination to transform the fortunes of last year's wooden spooners.

"Kevin Locke is one of the most exciting talents in the game," Koukash said. "Not only that but we have taken him from the NRL - something people kept telling me couldn't be done.

"This signing proves that we will be competitive at the very top of the sport.

"I have always made my intention clear that we will work tirelessly to make the Red Devils a household name in this country and beyond and signings of this calibre - along with the other names we already have at the club and in the pipeline - will begin to make this a reality.

"Kevin is one of two major signings we have made for 2015 this week and we will be releasing more information on the other later in the season."

Locke was at fullback for New Zealand in November's World Cup final at Manchester in England.

He has not played since due to a knee injury, and his place at the Warriors has gone to England and former Wigan fullback Sam Tomkins.

The 25-year-old Locke made 87 appearances for the Warriors, scoring 26 tries and kicking 24 goals, and won his eighth cap in New Zealand's 34-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

He sat out the first two months of the 2014 NRL season and, with Tomkins finding his feet with the Auckland club, had been forced to play reserve grade after recovering three weeks ago from his injury. He was not in contention for Friday's Test against Australia in Sydney.

Salford coach Iestyn Harris said there was no doubt in his mind that next year they would have the most exciting fullback in the competition.

"Anybody who has seen Kevin play will have seen how fast he is but his game is more than raw pace.

"He is a class act and he will light up Super League for at least the next three seasons - of that I am sure."

Locke will link up with his new teammates for pre-season training in October.

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