Widnes sign PNG international

Widnes Vikings have signed Papua New Guinea Rugby League World Cup star Kato Ottio.

The 6 foot 4 outside back joins the Vikings from Canberra Raiders, but has featured mostly for their feeder team, the Mounties.

Ottio, 23, collected the Winger of the Year award in his debut NSW Cup season, scoring 29 tries in 23 game, earning him a reputation as one of the most promising talents in the Australian leagues. Canberra Raiders described Ottio as “possessing a lethal combination of size and speed, which caused plenty of problems for opposition defences all season long.”

Ottio’s move is subject to visa approval.

Denis Betts said: “Kato is a fantastic signing, who we are delighted to welcome to Widnes Vikings. He is a big outside back, with World Cup experience. I am excited by the quality that he will add to our edges. He is relishing his opportunity to play in the Super League, and is looking to make a big impression at Widnes Vikings.

“Kato is a player whose qualities we have seen during the World Cup. I have also spoken to several people in the NRL and connected to Canberra Raiders during my time at the tournament, who rate him very highly. It is exciting for us to follow the recent signing of Krisnan Inu with another talented outside back, who will add competition and quality to the team.”

Ottio joins Inu, Will Matthews and Sam Wilde in making the move to the Select Security Stadium.

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