12th November 2020, 20:14 | Hullkr
Hull Kingston Rovers have announced the signing of NRL forward Albert Vete until the end of the 2022 Betfred Super League season, subject to visa.
The 27-year-old featured six times for Melbourne Storm on the way to the 2020 NRL Premiership title. Vete has also represented Tonga on the international stage on two occasions back in 2015.
On the move, Vete said: “At first, I was hesitant to move all the way to England to play footy, but once I talked to a few people they convinced me it’s the right move for me at the age I’m at.
“I want to keep playing footy and to keep growing, I’m only 27 so I know I’ve stll got a lot of footy in me, I’m very keen to get over to England and learn.
“The reason Hull KR came about is because my manager knows Tony Smith. I’ve spoken to Tony a couple of times, he wanted to get to know me and to see how my season was traveling.
“We talked some footy and then when the season finished, we started to talk serious. He explained to me where the club is heading, he wants me to come and add value to the club, and that’s what I’m looking to do.”
Rovers Head Coach Tony Smith added: “It’s a great acquisition for us, he’s the right age, right size and at the right stage of his career. He’s got some go forward, he’s got lots of Rugby left in him, so he’ll have a really good impact for us in the future.
“He’s a really nice young man, who’s come through a really good programme at Melbourne Storm, we’ve had lots of good reviews on him from the Melbourne staff. We are delighted that he’s coming over here for the right reasons, with the right attitude and the right maturity to help us in our rebuilding here.
“Coming from the current NRL Champions he comes with good pedigree and a good understanding of what it takes to be successful. He’s able to bring some of those experiences to us, and to our young people to help them along the way, whilst leading from the front.”