Ottio set to join Widnes


LONDON: Widnes have signed Papua New Guinea second-rower Kato Ottio from National Rugby League side Canberra Raiders.
The 23-year-old, who played for his country at this year’s Rugby League World Cup, joins subject to visa approval.
Ottio spent two years with the Green Machine where he became a prolific try scorer for Mounties in the New South Wales Cup.
Widnes came knocking and the former PNG volleyball player leapt at the chance to establish a place in a top grade side.
“Kato is a fantastic signing, who we are delighted to welcome to Widnes,” head coach Denis Betts told the club’s official website.
“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,” Betts said of his club’s other 2017 signings which include Will Matthews (St George Illawarra Dragons) and Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers).
The club’s other notable Australian imports include halfback Luke Walsh (Penrith Panthers), forwards Manase Manuokafoa (North Queensland Cowboys), Chris Houston (Newcastle Knights) and back Charly Runciman (St George Illawarra Dragons). – BBC