Widnes Vikings sign another PNG Star

Widnes Vikings sign another PNG Star

Super League side Widnes Vikings have announced the signing of Papua New Guinea International Prop forward Stanton Albert from Queensland cup side Papua New Guinea Hunters on a two year deal.

After playing three of their four games during the recent Rugby League World Cup, the 23 year old will join his older brother and fellow prop forward Wellington Albert at the Select Security stadium.

On announcing the signing, Widnes head coach Dennis Betts, who also coached against Papua New Guinea during the World Cup in his role has England’s assistant coach said:

“Stanton is a player that we have had real interest in, even before my time at the World Cup. He came highly recommended to us by some of our key contacts in Australia, and I was very impressed in what I saw in his international appearances for PNG at the tournament.”

The move comes only days after it was revealed that Alberts PNG team mate and another Widnes recruit for the 2018 season Kato Ottio passed away after quickly becoming ill during training early this week. More details regarding the actual cause of death have since been released, with the player mother stating the 23 year old passed away from severe heat stroke while on a training run in his native Papua New Guinea, although he did get medical help he was rushed to the Pacific International Hospital in a critical condition, but unfortunately suffered more complications and medical staff were unable to save him.
Kato was scheduled to fly out to join his new team mates later that week.

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