Sione Kite
One year deal with Widnes

Super League newcomers Widnes have signed Melbourne Storm prop forward Sione Kite on a one-year deal.

The 6ft 5in, 18st Kite played for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2008 and 2009 before joining Melbourne, where he was released after making only three senior appearances in two injury-hit seasons.

The 24-year-old, a member of Tonga’s 2008 World Cup squad, becomes the Vikings’ 16th close-season recruit – subject to him receiving a visa.

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: “John is a big man and a good athlete and I’m confident he will do a great job for us.

“Moving to the other side of the world and to another competition isn’t an easy decision for a young man to make but John is looking forward to the challenge and is backing himself to make an impression on Super League.

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“He’s been training with Canterbury back home and will arrive in good shape and ready for action.”

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