Widnes Vikings centre Kato Ottio has died on the age of 23 after struggling “a unexpected well being factor” in coaching.
Ottio joined Widnes from Canberra in December and was once a part of the Papua New Guinea facet which misplaced to England in November’s International Cup quarter-finals.
He was once because of go back and forth to the United Kingdom subsequent week in preparation for the beginning of the Tremendous League season in February.
“Kato was once a shockingly gifted participant, with a shiny long term forward of him,” leader government James Rule mentioned.
Ottio gained six caps for Papua New Guinea, scoring one check out in 4 appearances to lend a hand them succeed in the closing 8 on the 2017 International Cup.
He represented his nation enjoying volleyball ahead of signing for Raiders in 2016, most effective two years after taking on rugby league.
Despite the fact that he was once not able to wreck into Canberra’s NRL facet, he was once a typical starter for his or her feeder membership – the Mount Pritchard Mounties – within the New South Wales Cup.
“All people noticed on the International Cup the implausible presents that Kato had, and his attainable to forge an ideal profession in rugby league,” Widnes head trainer Denis Betts mentioned.
“Additionally, in all of our interactions with him, we discovered Kato to be an individual of significant personality, who was once excited to be following his goals.
“On behalf of the training workforce, team of workers and avid gamers at Widnes Vikings, I wish to be offering our honest condolences to Kato’s family members.”
Huddersfield centre Jordan Turner, who performed with Ottio in Australia, mentioned on Instagram: “Devastated to listen to the scoop of Kato’s passing, some very fond reminiscences with him from my time in Canberra.
“Legend of a bloke. Might be in point of fact neglected and was once a Tremendous League superstar within the making. My ideas move out to his circle of relatives. RIP Brother.”