Wakefield Wildcats: New signing Locke open to contract extension

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STAR SIGNING Kevin Locke could be a Wakefield Trinity Wildcats player next season.

Locke revealed the move to Belle Vue has put a smile back on his face after a disappointing year at Super League rivals Salford Red Devils.

And after inspiring Wildcats to their first win since February, Locke said he “wouldn’t say no” to extending his short-term deal.

The New Zealand Test ace, who played in the 2013 World Cup final, set up one try and helped create another on his debut in Wildcats’ 26-16 defeat of Hull two days ago.

Locke signed a contract until the end of the season after “resigning” from Salford and was expected to return to Australia’s elite NRL, but he said: “I am open to options.

“This is a great club. I have only been here a week and the welcome I have had has been phenomenal.

“Me and my partner love it here. It is new scenery, it is a nice small town and walking around the Trinity Centre, everyone has made me feel welcome.

“I am here to focus on Wakefield and if I end up at Wakefield next year, so be it. I wouldn’t say no. You just never know.”

Asked if Wakefield would have to be in Super League for him to consider staying, Locke added: “Not really, no – I am not really thinking about that, because I know we are going to be in Super League if we play like we did on Wednesday night.

“I have confidence we can. Brian (coach Brian Smith) will fix up bits and pieces we were a little bit loose in – and it’s only little minor things we need to fix up.

“If we just fix a few things here and there, we’ll be a team that will be a very good team leading into the middle-eights.”

Locke described the win over Hull, which ended a run of 16 successive league defeats, as “massive”.

Wildcats were 16-0 down at one stage and he admitted to giving his new team-mates “a bit of verbal language behind the posts”.

“At half-time we said it is do or die. I said are we going to be a team that keeps falling away in the second half or one that comes out and scores the first points and builds from it?

“The boys did it.”

Locke described every game from now on as “like a Grand Final” as Wakefield prepare for a relegation battle in the middle-eights – when they could face his former club Salford.

“I wouldn’t get too excited,” he said of the prospect of meeting the Red Devils. “They may target me, just bomb it up and smash me, but those are the things I love.

“I’ll just focus on my game, if I play my game I know I’ll run rings around them. I’ll be the one smiling at the end of the game.”