Having to work hard for a contract and earn it, the road was not an easy one for Kato Ottio. But he has done it, with the Canberra Raiders pleased with his efforts and signing him for two seasons.
Ottio, who hails from Papua New Guinea, started the year on a train and trial deal. But after impressive performances at the Auckland Nines, at Raiders training and in other trials, the Raiders saw enough to grant him a contract.
Formerly a PNG Hunters player, Ottio is excited at what lies ahead for him in his young career.
â€œIâ€™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,â€ Ottio said.
â€œThe 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.â€
Ottio’s work-ethic, determination and attitude, are what brought about his contract with the club.
Weâ€™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,â€ said Raiders Football Manager, John Bonaseera.
â€œOver 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.â€