Scotland coach Steve McCormack has left the door open for Salford Red Devils fullback Kevin Locke to make a sensational switch and represent the country in international matches.
It was exclusively revealed in League Express this week that Locke may pursue other international options after moving to England, meaning his chances of being selected for his native New Zealand appear to have been reduced.
He said: “If I’m doing everything I can and I still miss out, then I might have to look at representing someone else. I also qualify for Scotland and Tonga. I qualify for Scotland through my father and I had offers from Edinburgh to switch codes before I signed for Salford.
“I played against Scotland for the Kiwis in the World Cup quarter-final, and one of the Scotland coaches mentioned to me that I should play for them in future, so you never know!”
And now McCormack, coach of the Scotland national side, appears to be keen on a move for Locke to play for the Scots – so long as it is right for all parties.
“We actually spoke about Kevin prior to the 2013 campaign because we knew he was eligible but we also knew he was likely to be picked for New Zealand,” said McCormack.
“Our chairman Keith Hogg and I both spoke to him after they beat us in the quarter-final at Headingley and I’ve now read some comments from Kevin suggesting he may be interested in playing for Scotland which is good to see.”