Fullback Kevin Locke granted Warriors release
Kevin Locke has been released from the Warriors and will head to England within days to take up a contract with with British Super League side the Salford Red Devils.
It is unlikely Locke will be able to rest on his laurels with the owner of the Red Devils, Marwan Koukash, tweeting that his first game would potentially be against Hull on July 12.
Locke tweeted today and said: "It's official I'm released from the club wea (sic) it all began for me. Just want to thank the @NZWarriors for everything they have done for me."
In a later statement he said: "I'm obviously sad to be leaving the Warriors but I'm also really excited about the future I have at Salford".
"I've got plenty of great memories from my time here and I want to thank the club for all the support."
Warriors general manager football operations Dean Bell, who was a superstar in the Super League, said the club was happy for Locke to be released early.
"It will enable him to settle into life in England and establish himself with his new club."
It has been a topsy turvy few months for Locke who has effectively been pushed out of the Warriors by the signing of fullback Sam Tomkins from the UK Super League.
With the presence of Tomkins, and a knee injury hampering him, Locke has had very little game time for the Warriors' first grade side this year.
Locke, 25, who has signed a three-year deal with the Red Devils, was initially set to play out the season with the Warriors but the clubs eventually negotiated an early release.
Rumours of off-field issues and the notable absence of Locke at training sessions for the Warriors appear to have expedited the fullback's release from the club.
Locke has played 89 first-grade games and scored 26 tries over six seasons at the Warriors.