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Albert brothers depart for Vikings

The Albert brothers, Wellington and Stanton flew out of the country yesterday for the United Kingdom for a two year rugby league contract with the Widnes Vikings club in the English Super League.

The Albert family was at the Jacksons International Airport earlier today to farewell the duo.

PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Reatau Rau and his staff were also there to farewell the brothers.

"The Albert brothers have been together for the last four years after coming through our systems through the junior development programs all the way to the Digicel Cup and then Prime Minister's XIII and onto the Hunters and eventually went on to the Penrith Panthers for two years and then coming back to the Hunters for a full year last year, then the 2017 World Cup and here they are."

Wellington Albert is thankful to coach Michael Marum and the Hunters.

"When we came back we thought our rugby league careers were over but thank you to Michael Marum and PNGRL for believing in us and giving us the chance to play in the Hunters.

"We really appreciate that."

Stanton was signed up by the Vikings last Friday, replacing his late team mate Kato Ottio.

"Im honoured to represent my country and my team mates in the Hunters in the UK.

"Im feeling excited and looking forward to a new chapter."

NBC News - Paul Taumik Junior
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