Topic: Rugby League

Former coach speaks out on Locke’s third dismissal

By Raniera Harrison

If it wasn't already bad enough, it seems things have become that much worse for embroiled Ngāpuhi league star Kevin Locke.

26-year-old Locke arrived back in New Zealand three days ago after being released by his third English Super League club in two years.

Kevin Locke has returned home under a veil of shame to cruise the streets of Auckland after being kicked out of his third club in less than two years.

Former Wakefield Wildcats, and NZ Warriors coach, Tony Kemp says, “The problem that Kevin has is possibly a mental one, and it's all around welfare and making good choices, so he needs to work on that area.”

Kevin Locke is now unemployed after being dropped from the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.  Locke has been linked to the Melbourne Storm, but nothing's been set in concrete yet.

Kemp says it's not a good look having three or four clubs in possibly two years.

Kemp coached Wakefield in 2000.  Four years later, he took over the top job at the Warriors.  Both professional environments Locke has failed miserably in.

“First of all, he's misunderstood, knowing Lockey personally through the national side, he is a man unto his own,” said Kemp.

Locke only managed eight games for his latest club, the Wakefield Wildcats, before being involved in the theft of the head coach's car before the driver crashed it into a wall in Hull, England.

Kemp says, “If he is listening to this, people that are close to Kevin, please get some really good people around him and let him realise his potential and his destiny which is to be a great New Zealand rugby league player.”

However, Kemp says this isn't the end of the road for the eight-test Kiwi.  “It's unlocking who Kevin Locke really is,” added Kemp.

The question is, who has the key?

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