Scotland Rugby League (SRL) chiefs have accepted that their union counterparts' greater spending power may mean that New Zealand international Kevin Locke will cross codes rather than joining their ranks but they already have plans in place to recruit another top class antipodean full-back.

It emerged last month that Locke, who faced Scotland in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup quarter-final, was considering switching allegiances, but the Scottish Rugby Union is reportedly now in discussion with the 25-year-old.

Since Locke's form has not been as impressive as was expected when he joined Salford Red Devils, HeraldSport understands that the SRL had already been continuing to try to widen their options and have revived interest in North Queensland Cowboy Lachlan Coote.

The 24-year-old had been in contention for a Scotland place in 2013 before withdrawing on leaving former club Penrith Panthers to join the Cowboys just ahead of the tournament and he was reported locally as saying, come the quarter-finals: "I am a bit jealous. I wanted to play the World Cup for Scotland, but my focus is on North Queensland."

A knee injury prevented him from playing last season, but he is poised to make his overdue Cowboys debut and the hope within SRL is that once established in their ranks the carrot of involvement in next year's glamorous Four Nations tournament with Australia, England and New Zealand, as well as the 2017 World Cup in Australia, will prove enticing.

That would bring added class to a squad that is growing in quality as demonstrated in a recently conducted inventory of Scottish-qualified professional players.

It included three other Australian-based NRL players, Coote's Cowboys clubmate Kane Linnett, Panthers play-maker Peter Wallace and Gold Coast Titan Kane Douglas, all of whom performed impressively for Scotland at the 2013 World Cup, as well as 11 Super League players.

The full list is:


Luke Douglas (Gold Coast Titans); Kane Linnett (North Queensland Cowboys); Peter Wallace (Penrith Panthers)


Danny Brough, Joe Brough, (both Huddersfield Giants), Sonny Esslemont, Adam Walker (both Hull KR), Lee Gilmour (Wakefield Wildcats), Richard Harris, James Jones, Matty Russell (all Warrington Wolves) , Ian Henderson (Catalans Dragons), Liam Hood (Salford Red Devils), Ben Kavanagh (Widnes Vikings)


Danny Addy, Dale Ferguson (both Bradford Bulls), Josh Barlow (Dewsbury Rams), Sam Barlow (Leigh Centurions), Harvey Burnett (London Broncos), Brett Carter, Brett Phillips, Callum Phillips (all Workington Town), Ben Hellewell, Oscar Thomas, Alex Walker (all London Broncos), Gareth Moore (Featherstone Rovers), David Scott (Doncaster), Mitch Stringer (Sheffield Eagles), Jonathan Walker, Oliver Wilkes (both Leigh Centurions)


Mike Benson, Louie Sutherland (both London Skolars), James Houston (Hunslet Hawks), Alex Hurst, Mick Nanyn (both Swinton Lions), Joe McLean (Univ Gloucs All Golds), Iain Morrison (York City Knights), Jordan Rice (Oxford), Mike Stewart (Hemel Stags), Jack Stewart (York City Knights), Shane Toal (Barrow Raiders) Louis Senter (Gloucestershire All Golds), Josh Stoker, Stephen Welton (both Gateshead Thunder)