New Zealand Warriors young gun Kevin Locke will be calling Mt Smart Stadium home for at least another year after being told by the club they will be taking up an option in his contract.
Rumours had been rife in recent weeks that 22-year-old Locke, who is off contract at the season’s end, was in talks with rival NRL clubs for next year.
But the Warriors have first dibs on Locke through an option in his existing contract and CEO Wayne Scurrah yesterday confirmed the talented utility back was going nowhere in 2012.
One insider said yesterday the Warriors had initially considered setting Locke free at the end of the season. Another said the South Sydney Rabbitohs had expressed an interest in him.
But the Warriors’ position appears to have changed after Lance Hohaia recently signed a four-year deal with Super League giants St Helens.
The option will trigger a contract for 2012 but Scurrah remained tight-lipped on whether the club would attempt to negotiate a deal to keep Locke beyond next season.