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Locke 'offered union chance'

Kevin Locke says he rejected offers from two rugby union clubs in order to join Super League side Salford Reds.

The New Zealand full-back turned down the chance to switch codes - and play for either Edinburgh or Glasgow - preferring to remain in rugby league.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Salford after gaining a release from New Zealand Warriors.

Locke, who will make his home debut against Hull on Saturday, said: "From day one, when I flew into the country, I've loved it.

\"I've actually felt the happiest I've been for a few years and I've spoken to my family back home about how good it is over here.

"It's a fresh start for me. I was starting to dislike rugby league just because of the way the Warriors were treating me but now I've started to love it again.

"I got a few union offers in Scotland around the same time as here, from Edinburgh and Glasgow, but I wanted to stay in league. I didn't want to switch."

As for Warriors, he added that he was moved out of position when they signed Sam Tomkins from Wigan: \"The coach was trying to put me in there at hooker or where they could slot me in.

"I just couldn't adapt to that so I really forced it upon them to try to get over here. The media hyped a lot of it up back home but it has been hard.\"