Raiders sign PNG flyer

Raiders sign PNG flyer Written by STAFF WRITERS, February 26, 2016

THE RAIDERS have confirmed the signing of exciting Papua New Guinea winger Kato Ottio. 

The former PNG Hunter came to the club in the off-season on a train and trial deal but strong performances in the trials and the Auckland Nines have convinced the club to give him a contract.

Ottio will now look to make the most of his opportunity as he looks to challenge the likes of Edrick Lee, Sisa Waqa and Jordan Rapana for a spot on the wing.

“I’m very grateful that the Raiders have given me the chance to train with them and to have a two year contract is a dream come true for me,” Ottio said.

“The pre-season has shown me how hard you have to work if you want to make it in the NRL and I will make sure I keep training hard so one day I can live my dream of playing in the NRL.”

The news of the deal comes off the back of a big week for the club who announced the signing of former Knights forward Joseph Tapine on a four-year deal as well as the re-signing of impressive English hooker Josh Hodgson.

“We’re really excited for Kato. From the minute he arrived he put in a determined effort and met all of our expectations and we believe he has great potential for growth,” Raiders football manager John Bonasera said.

“Over the past few seasons the club has worked on establishing a strong culture and Kato displays a strong set of values and a willingness to work hard in order to succeed. We look forward to seeing Kato continue this progression over the next two years.”

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