Widnes add second PNG star

Widnes have added their second Papua New Guinea international of the close season with the signing of Wellington Albert.

Albert, 23, follows Kato Ottio to the Halton Stadium, having played for the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Premiership last season.

Standing at 6’4” and weighing in at 18 stone, Albert plays primarily at prop but has also played on the wing.

Vikings coach Denis Betts said: “Through seeing him firsthand at the Rugby League World Cup, and having the opportunity to speak to people I respect who have coached and played alongside him, I identified that Wellington would have the right qualities to enhance our team. I am delighted that we have been able to secure his move.

“Wellington is big, dynamic and carries the ball well. It is exciting to introduce a forward to our squad who has shown he is physically able to also play on the wing.

“With his size and determination, he will be a strong addition to the Vikings.”

Both Albert and Ottio featured for Papua New Guinea at the recent World Cup Down Under.

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