Locke not on Cunningham’s radar

Kevin Locke of Salford Red Devils & Danny Kirmond of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats''Super League Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Sunday 15th March 2015.
Kevin Locke of Salford Red Devils & Danny Kirmond of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats''Super League Salford Red Devils v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Sunday 15th March 2015.

KEIRON Cunningham has ruled out pursuing Kevin Locke, despite being short of a full-back.

The Kiwi had his resignation accepted by Salford earlier today amid claims of unpaid wages - and Saints are short at the back after losing Australian Shannon McDonnell for the season in last week’s defeat at Castleford.

With Jonny Lomax and Paul Wellens out long-term, Cunningham will need to try yet another different face at the back in Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash against Widnes.

And although admitting he ‘won’t rule out’ recruiting a new player,Cunningham has already dismissed going for Locke.

“He’s a great player - a super player and I’d love to have him on board,” said Cunningham.

“But we probably don’t have the finances to cover what he’s on.”

Keiron Cunningham

He’s a great player - a super player and I’d love to have him on board

The Saints boss also revealed McDonnell may be sent Down Under to see his family in the early stages of his recovery from snapping his Achilles.

McDonnell arrived at Langtree Park in April after the 27-year-old had initially returned to Australia following his stint with Hull FC - and Cunningham was pleased with his progress.

“Shannon’s been fantastic and probably justifies the decision for me to go and get him when I brought him over,” he said.

“I genuinely feel for Shannon because he’s made the decision to come from Australia. He was back home with his family and everything was going nice in the sunshine - he’s flown to England and snapped his Achilles.

“There’s not much we can do in those early stages so once we get the medical assurances he’s ok we’ll give him the option to return home and go and see the family.”

Meanwhile, Cunningham was able to breathe a sigh of relief over Adam Swift following a nasty knock to the head which required the young winger to be stretchered off last week.

Swift completed light training earlier this week, and is expected to be available for selection this coming weekend.

“It was all precautionary,” explained Cunningham.

“The way the game’s gone now it’s all about player welfare.

“If there’s a chance that Swifty could have had a serious neck injury we had to make sure he didn’t.

“He’s trained today. He’s gone through some light training so he should be okay.”