Locke released by Wakefield – set for NRL return?

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chairman Michael Carter has confirmed that Kiwi full-back Kevin Locke has been released from the club.

The 26-year-old’s eventful spell in Super League – which included time with the Wildcats and Salford – now appears to be over after reports linking him with a return to the NRL with Melbourne Storm.

And Carter said that after he was suspended by the club a fortnight ago after being involved in a car crash with team-mates Tim Smith and Reece Lyne, Locke has now officially left Belle Vue.

“Kevin won’t play for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats again,” said Carter. “We’ve concluded the case involving him, shook hands and gone our own ways. He’s now back home with his son.

“It was just one of those things, sadly. He picked up a shoulder injury anyway and would have been doubtful for the games he’d missed due to this matter, so we were focussing on playing without him anyway.”

Carter also confirmed that the club’s investigation into Smith is still to be completed.

“The situation with Tim is still ongoing, I believe he’s in court on Wednesday so I don’t think anything will be resolved from a club perspective before the weekend and the game against Bradford. It’s still very sensitive and I’d just prefer to concentrate on what’s ahead of us.”