Albert Vete reveals the extent of Sam Tomkins’ influence on move across world

Albert Vete has spoken about just how important Sam Tomkins has been in helping the former settle in to life on Humberside.

Both Vete and Tomkins were team mates during the 2015 NRL season for New Zealand Warriors and the duo are set to line up against each other in the opening fixture of the 2021 Super League campaign when Tomkins’ Catalan Dragons face Hull KR at Emerald Headingley on March 27.

“Sam (Tomkins) messaged me when I first arrived to see how I was settling in and to see if me and my family needed anything,” Vete shared.

“But I will be trying to take his head off when we get going but then after that, we will probably have a beer.”

Vete spent four seasons at the Warriors before leaving at the end of 2018 to have a brief stint with the Melbourne Storm before agreeing a move to Hull KR.

The 28-year-old has also a couple of international caps with Tonga under his belt.

Arriving in the UK only last week due to ongoing visa issues, Vete is excited by the challenge of not only what Super League will bring but also going against certain former team mates.

He added, “I am looking forward to playing Leeds Rhinos. One of my good friends Konrad Hurrell the comedian is over there.

“He went alright last season so I will be looking forward to playing him.

“He looks like he has settled really well. I have got a few mates all around different teams that I have played with.

“Tui Lolohea at Salford, I played a lot of footy with him for the Warriors, both reserve grade and NRL so we go way back.

“But Konrad is probably the one I am looking forward to the most other than the Hull derby and playing St Helens and Catalans.”

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