Wellington Albert

Albert glad to have PNG players in UK

He had initially played with them in the same team in PNG but this time, they will be competing against each other.

The 24-year-old, who is from a remote village near Mendi, Southern Highlands, expressed excitement after the signing of Ase and Watson Boas for the 2019 season of the Betfred Championship in England.

“I love playing alongside them but now I’ll play against them in (the) Championship,” said Albert.

“I love them coming over as well. Good to have PNG boys in England.”

PNGRFL thanks Widnes Vikings

He said the signing of Stanton will help Wellington a lot after the sudden loss of Kato Ottio.

“We know they are in good hands with the Vikings. Having Stanton there makes things a bit easier. It will really help in the transition process and to settle in quickly,” stated Rau.

“We are grateful to Widnes Vikings for this opportunity.”

Rau then wished the Albert brothers good luck this season.

“I’m proud of Wellington and Stanton and wish them and our other Kumuls boys all the best this season.

More players needed in Super League: Albert

Speaking before Wellington and Stanton left this week to join the Widnes Vikings, he said he hoped to see more PNG players being signed up to go play in the United Kingdom.

“I think the Super League is on par with the National Rugby League in Australia. In the Rugby League World Cup final, Australia only beat England by six points.

“This shows the Super League is equivalent to the NRL. We need more of our players playing in the Super League so we can give the Australians a good challenge.”

Albert brothers leave for UK

Close friends and family along with the PNG Rugby Football League were there to farewell the duo.

Wellington, 23 said: “I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play in the Super League. I’m also happy to have my brother alongside me.

“I want to thank the PNGRFL through the SP Hunters management and coach, Michael Marum for building me up.”

“I’m looking forward to this new challenge.”

European club signs Albert

The 23-year-old joins the Vikings in the 2018 Betfred Super League season alongside fellow PNG Kumul, Kato Ottio.

Albert is known for his pace, power and physicality – standing at 194 centimetres tall and weighing at about 114 kilograms.

He joins the 35-man squad already named for the Betfred Super League season in the United Kingdom.

His move to the Vikings is subject to visa approval.

Head coach of Widnes Vikings, Denis Betts, said the Vikings are looking forward to welcoming Albert to the pre-season training at the earliest opportunity.

The dynamic duo of brothers

The Albert brothers were part of the Penrith Panthers Club for 3 seasons and will be no strangers to the team when they face off on Sunday.

Wellington will be playing in the front rows while brother Stanton will be backing him up in the curtain raiser of the 2017 NRL grand final.

The SP PNG Hunters have been fortunate enough to take out the Queensland title at Suncorp and this time, they will make a grand final appearance at the ANZ stadium in Sydney, ahead of the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland cowboys match.

VIDEO: Wellington Albert in doubt

Meantime Coach Marum has included Paul Wawa to the starting line -up for Saturday's Round 15 ISC clash against Tweed Heads Seagulls at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

 

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Wellington Albert eager for game against Tigers

Returning to the side from an injury that saw him miss the opening game of the season last weekend, Albert will become Hunter #50.

“I couldn’t sit down and watch the game last weekend. I was uncomfortable watching from the bench because I trained so hard over the pre-season.

“Unfortunately I didn’t play; but my chance has come now.

“I was very proud to be named in the team for tomorrow’s game. I’m looking forward to making my debut. I can’t wait and will give it my best,” said Albert.

Marum names 20-man extended squad

In naming the 20-man extended squad this afternoon, Hunters coach Michal Marum said both Albert and Amean will be rested this weekend after suffering minor injuries from last weekend’s trial match in Cairns.

“Stargroth has a suspected fractured collar bone while Wellington has a sternum injury,” said Marum.

Marum added Junior Rop and Watson Boas are also out, injured.

On to Nixon Put, Marum named the Western Highlands youngster in the starting line-up after a stellar performance last weekend.

Wellington Albert set to tackle

Albert, who was one of five debutants named in the 20 man squad will also play alongside his brother Stanton for the first time as a Hunter.

“I’m really looking forward to this Saturday. I’ve had two shoulder surgeries over the last years, but I’ve fully recovered and I’m fit and ready to go,” said Albert.

Albert added that the team has been training hard for over two months and the match against Pride will be to cement a spot in the side.

 “This trial match is to secure spots in the team so we’re all going to be playing hard this weekend and give our best.