KUMUL Wellington Albert played his first trial match at prop on Friday, just 24 hours after joining his new team Penrith Panthers.
And the Southern Highlander is grateful for the training stint he had with the Papua New Guinea Hunters over the past two months that has put him in good shape.
Albert, who left Port Moresby last Thursday to start his two-year contract with the Panthers’ under-20s, had his first pre-season hit-out the next day at Centrebet Stadium in Penrith, Sydney.
“I’m just happy that I did some work with the Hunters during their pre-season training as it really helped me a lot in that trial match on Friday,” Albert said.
“My first trial was good as my fitness level is high and I was able to make a few line-breaks and off-loads.”
“I know I will improve with the type of training, supplements and diet that will improve my fitness levels in the long run.”
“But the Hunters’ training under Michael Marum and the coaching staff did the job for me as I’m keeping with the others,” he said.
Albert said he was welcomed at the airport by fellow Papua New Guinean and Kumul James Segeyaro who gave his assurance to keep an eye out for him.
Another Papua New Guinean Wari Varage Jr, who is also in the Panthers Holden Cup squad said he was happy to see another countryman walking into the stadium on Thursday.
“He (Albert) was a bit nervous and uncomfortable but after meeting some of the coaches and the boys but started to feel at home as I was by his side like a brother,” Varage said.
“We are training together to help one another push each other’s fitness but words can’t express how happy I am, unfortunately we don’t live at the same place as Wellington lives at another Penrith house,” he said.
“We both had positive trials I played at fullback and managed to score a try,” he said.
Both have another trial in two weeks time against West Tigers. The National
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