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Vete excitedly transferring from Hull KR

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Hull KR put Albert Vete on a two-year contract with NRL champions Melbourne Storm and the international backer from Tonga is looking forward to the next phase of his career.

Last update: 11.12.20 16:46

Albert Vete has agreed to sign a two-year contract with Hull KR

Albert Vete can't wait to get into the Super League after signing a two-year deal with Hull Kingston Rovers early next season.

The prop comes from recently crowned NRL champion Melbourne Storm, who previously played for New Zealand Warriors from 2015 to 2018 and won two internationals for Tonga.

Despite initial concerns, Vete has now decided to switch to the Super League and is looking forward to starting Rovers.

"At first I was a little hesitant about moving all the way to England to play footy, but once I spoke to a few people they were definitely convinced it was the right move for me," said Vete.

"At the age I am to keep playing footy and growing, I am only 27 years old so I still have a lot of footy inside me and I am very interested in coming to England to learn.

"I have a lot of friends who play in the Super League who are spread across teams and I've spoken to them about their experience and they love it. I'm really looking forward to this next journey in my career."

Vete's move to Hull College Craven Park came thanks to his manager's connection with Tony Smith, whom he spoke to when the Storm was stationed in Queensland during the 2020 NRL season.

At the age I am to keep playing footy and growing, I'm only 27 so I still have a lot of footy inside of me and I'm very interested in coming to England to study.

Albert Vete

Knowing Smith's nephew Rohan from his time as assistant coach at the Warriors also meant there was a family connection, and the Rovers head coach's words were enough to convince him that despite finishing last in the Super League is going in the right direction.

"During part of our season with the storm, we were stuck on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and I had a couple of calls with Tony," Vete said. "He just wanted to get to know me.

"I was trained by one of his family members, Rohan Smith, when he was with the Warriors. We just talked and it got serious when the season was over.

"I caught up with Tony and he told me where the club was going and he was pretty disappointed with the way the season went this year. He wants me to come and add value to the club and I hope to do that. " ""

Hull KR head coach Tony Smith's relationship with Albert Vete's manager contributed to this move

Hull KR head coach Tony Smith's relationship with Albert Vete's manager contributed to this move

Vete wasn't part of the Melbourne team that defeated Penrith Panthers in this year's Grand Final to claim his fourth NRL title, but he still learned a lot from his two seasons with the club.

Playing and exercising with the likes of Cameron Smith, Cameron Munster and Jesse Bromwich taught him some valuable qualities that he believes will help him when he moves to the UK.

"They are always looking for ways to improve the way they play. They taught me a lot about my game and they haven't got me used to where I am," said Vete.

"One of the main reasons Melbourne was so competitive this year was the intensity of the training sessions. I'll try to take that with me and increase the intensity of the training."

Expert opinion – Terry O & # 39; Connor

"I think it's a very promising signing for Hull KR and one that their Super League followers and fans will love to see over the next few seasons.

"His size and blockbusting style will be a welcome addition to Rovers and give them an extra punch in the future. The opposing goal-line defense must definitely be tight to prevent him from scoring from close range."

"At 27, he's just reaching the maximum age for a front row striker, so you'd expect his best years in East Yorkshire to be ahead.

"He reminds me a little of Willie Isa and Luke Yates when they came into the Super League – limited experience in the top league Down Under, but in the Super League he really came out on top and shaped the competition.

"There aren't many sides that don't want to sign Isa and Yates right now. Hopefully we'll say the same about Albert Vete in the years to come."

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