Warriors' Kevin Locke in action during the NRL rugby league match - Bulldogs v Warriors played at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton on Sunday 18 May 2014.  Photo:  Bruce Lim / www.photosport.co.nz

Fullback Kevin Locke has today been granted an early release from his Vodafone Warriors contract to join the Salford Red Devils in the English Super League.

The 25-year-old Locke, off contract at the end of this season, recently signed a three-year contract with Salford.

Vodafone Warriors general manager football operations Dean Bell said Salford was keen for Locke to link up with the club for the rest of this season.

“We’re happy for Kevin to be released now,” he said.

“It will enable him to settle into life in England and establish himself with his new club.”

Locke has made 89 NRL appearances since his Vodafone Warriors debut in 2009.

“I’m obviously sad to be leaving the Vodafone Warriors but I’m also really excited about the future I have at Salford,” he said.

“I’ve got plenty of great memories from my time here and I want to thank the club for all the support.”

Locke scored 152 points from 26 tries and 24 goals in his 89 NRL games. He also played for the Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2008 and 2009.