PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 11: Stanton Albert passes the ball during a PNG Kumuls Rugby League World Cup captain's run on November 11, 2017 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Widnes Vikings have signed Stanton Albert on a two-year deal following the tragic death of Papua New Guinea teammate Kato Ottio last week.

The highly-rated Papua New Guinea international, Albert, joins the Vikings from the PNG Hunters.

The 23-year-old is the brother of fellow Vikings signing and international, Wellington Albert.

Widnes head coach Denis Betts 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.

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“Stanton joins the Vikings with a great pedigree and a desire to build his career.

“He will create real competition for places because he is desperate to play and wants to make the most out of this opportunity.”

“His move also makes a lot of sense, given the tragic news of Kato’s passing. We believe that Wellington and Stanton will get the best out of each other, and settle well in the local community together.

“Of course, Widnes Vikings have a famous heritage of brothers and relatives representing the club, and we are excited that the pair have the opportunity to forge their own chapter in that history.”

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