Leeds confirm Wellington Albert is on trial with the club

James Gordon

Leeds have confirmed that Papua New Guinea international prop Wellington Albert is on a month’s trial at the club.

Albert, 24, was released by Widnes following their administration and made 12 appearances for the Vikings last term.

Rhinos director of rugby, Kevin Sinfield, said: “We are happy to give Wellington an opportunity to train with us. He has found himself without a club through no fault of his own and we are without a number of first choice forwards at present.

“There is no formal commitment from either party at this stage. Wellington would be free to join another club at any point.”

Albert was the first Papua New Guinean player to be signed by an NRL club without having played junior rugby league in Australia when he signed a deal with Penrith Panthers back in 2014.

He played in the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, including scoring a try against New Zealand at Headingley in 2013.