Kevin Locke signed with Queensland Cup side the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the 2017 season.
Locke had been on a train and trial contract with the Sea Eagles, but has decided to join with the Falcons.
Sunshie coach Craig Ingebrigtsen is excited to have the former Salford and Wakefield fullback in his team.
“He’s just got raw speed, there’s no one quicker that Kevin Locke,” Ingebrigtsen told the Noosa News.
“They (Manly) said if he had a full pre-season he may get there and they said talent wise he’s outstanding but they don’t think his body is ready.
“He’s a top-end player and we know he wants to be an NRL player so by June 30, if he’s playing good footy, there’s going to be NRL clubs trying to take him off us and that’s great.”
Locke made his debut with the New Zealand Warriors in tound 12 against the Wests Tigers, where he scored two tries and kicked one goal on debut as the Warriors won 14-0.
However, Locke’s position with the warriors was put under threat by the signing of English fullback Sam Tomkins from Wigan and after 88 games and 26 tries for the Warriors.
Locke was squeezed out of the club in May 2014 and moved to England where he played a further 18 games in Super League for Salford Red Devils (13 games) and Wakefield Trinity (5 games).