Locke was “well off” at times, says Smith

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Brian Smith believes there’s much more to come from fullback Kevin Locke despite an impressive debut during Wednesday’s win against Hull FC.

Locke caught the eye as Wakefield ended their horrific losing streak to win 26-16 against Hull FC – but Smith revealed that the New Zealand international is still not fully fit yet.

“I spoke to Kev after the game and told him they had named him man of the match and he said ‘wait until I’m fit’,” said Smith.

“He had some nice touches but Kevin was well off his game at times tonight and understandably so.

“It’s been a terribly emotional time for him, it’s been a big drain on him but he’s got a smile back on his face. Hopefully we can keep him in a really positive environment and he can continue to improve his game.

“His knee is not his problem it’s just general fitness and sharpness.”