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Castleford Tigers clinch signing of Hull KR prop Albert Vete

Castleford Tigers have signed Hull KR prop Albert Vete on a two-year deal.

The giant ex-Melbourne front-row helped Rovers reach the Super League semi-finals last year and has become renowned for his powerful surges. Castleford boss Lee Radford believes he'll be a fine addition to their squad for 2023. He said: "“He’s something a bit different and has a different shape to what we’ve got in the forward pack at the moment.

"His skillset is really high and speaking to players who he’s played with, the feedback on him off the field is fantastic too. We’ve got to try and get the best out of him and try to use his strengths in our team. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

Vete added: "I’m pumped and I can’t wait to get started. I feel Radders is going to help a lot with my performance on the field and off the field.

"He’s a fellow front-rower so he knows what it’s like. He’s seen it and done it all before so I can’t wait to get in amongst it and learn as much as I can off him.”

The Tonga international added: “I think Castleford were really unlucky to miss out on the finals this year because they were building a lot of momentum and I think the injuries they got were really unlucky.

"I’ve already had a little taste of finals footy over here and I want to get back there and do my part for the team to make sure we put ourselves in that position."