Former New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke has quit Salford Red Devils.

The 26-year-old, who has not played for the Red Devils since May 1, has sent a letter of resignation to the First Utility Super League club. Salford owner Marwan Koukash confirmed the club had received the letter but says he will not be responding publicly until he addresses a press conference at the AJ Bell Stadium on Tuesday. imagesource (11)

“He has sent a resignation request to the club,” Koukash confirmed to Press Association Sport. “We have not yet responded.

“I will be making a full statement, revealing our side of the story, on Tuesday.”

Locke, who played for the Kiwis in the 2013 World Cup final at Old Trafford, was viewed as a marquee signing by Salford when he joined the Red Devils on a three-and-a-half-year deal from New Zealand Warriors almost a year ago.

But Locke has endured a turbulent time at the club, playing in just 13 out of a possible 27 matches since making his debut against Huddersfield Giants last July.

Injuries have played a factor but Koukash has made it clear in recent weeks that he was prepared to listen to offers for the player and Locke held talks with the Scottish Rugby Union about a potential switch of codes earlier in the year.