Stanton Albert

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Stanton Albert
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Personal information
Born (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 22)
Mendi, Papua New Guinea
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 16 st 7 lb (105 kg)
Playing information
Position Prop, Lock

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2018 Widnes Vikings 1 0 0 0 0
2018(DR) North Wales Crusaders 4 0 0 0 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015–17 Papua New Guinea 5 1 0 0 4
As of 16 June 2018
Source: [1][2]

Stanton Albert (born 15 September 1995) is a Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer who plays for the PNG Hunters in the Queensland Cup. He primarily plays as a prop or lock, and has represented the Papua New Guinean national team. He previously played for the Widnes Vikings in the Super League. He is the younger brother of fellow PNG and Widnes player Wellington Albert.[3][4]

Early life

Albert was born in Mendi, Papua New Guinea.[5] Having dropped out of Mendi High School,[6] Albert returned to high school while contracted to the Penrith Panthers, attending McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains as a 19-year old in 2015.[7]

Playing career

Having previously played for the Hela Wigmen in the PNGNRL,[5] Albert started his professional career with the PNG Hunters in 2014, during their inaugural season in the Queensland Cup. In June 2014, Albert represented Papua New Guinea in an under-19s rugby league nines tournament at the 2014 Commonwealth Games; he was named player of the tournament as PNG won gold.[8]

In December 2014, Albert joined his brother Wellington at the Penrith Panthers by a signing a two-year contract with the club.[9] He played for their National Youth Competition team in 2015,[10] and also played in their New South Wales Cup team.

Albert returned to the Hunters in 2017,[11] and was a member of their grand final winning team. He played against his former club, Penrith, in the 2017 State Championship.[12]

In January 2018, Albert signed a two-year contract with the Widnes Vikings in the Super League, once again alongside his brother Wellington.[13] He was dual-registered to play for the North Wales Crusaders in the third-tier League 1 competition, where he played 4 matches. Albert made his first and only appearance for Widnes in their Challenge Cup match against League 1 side the Coventry Bears.[14] Albert was released by Widnes in May 2018 on compassionate grounds,[15] and subsequently rejoined the PNG Hunters.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Stanton Albert". Rugby League Project. 
  2. ^ "Stanton Albert". Love Rugby League. 
  3. ^ Pokiton, Sally (5 February 2016). "Albert brothers excited to be home with Panthers". Loop PNG. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  4. ^ Webeck, Tony (29 April 2015). "Brothers pave way for PNG recognition". NRL.com. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Stanton Albert". QRL.com.au. Archived from the original on 23 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Sevara, Peter (4 July 2014). "Albert credits rise to big bother, veteran Hela star". The National (PNG). Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Feel-good story that will have you cheering for Stanton Albert". Western Weekender. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "PNG beats tournament favourite Australia in Rugby League Commonwealth Championships". ABC. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  9. ^ "Panthers sign PNG young gun". Rugby League Week. 16 December 2014. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "NYC | A". NYC Database. 
  11. ^ "PNG Hunters Gains and Losses". QRL.com.au. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  12. ^ Webeck, Tony (26 September 2017). "PNG's secret weapon to bring down Panthers". NRL.com. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  13. ^ "Widnes Vikings sign Papua New Guinea prop Stanton Albert from PNG Hunters". Sky Sports. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
  14. ^ "Stanton Albert set for Widnes bow". rugby-league.com. 17 April 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "Widnes Vikings Release Stanton Albert". Post-Courier. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 
  16. ^ "Stanton Albert set for quick PNG Hunters return". Radio NZ. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018. 

External links

  • NRL profile
  • Penrith Panthers profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
  • SL profile
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