Now being dubbed a cult hero, Canberra Raiders winger and Papua New Guinea backline, Katto Ottio, could make his NRL debut in the 2017 season .
Ottio’s impressive season with the Mounties saw the flying winger scoring 29 tries in 23 games, making him a force in the New South Wales Cup.
The PNG flyer was by far the best winger in the NSW ISP competition, going close to earn his NRL debut on several occasions.
Possessing a lethal combination of size and speed, Ottio caused plenty of problems for opposition defenses throughout the season, before succumbing to a knee injury.
The 105-kilogram winger stormed through the Auckland 9’s in the 2016 season making an impression with his destructive runs.
Australia’s NRL has some of the best wingers in the competition, but the determined Ottio says its’ going to be tough challenge for him. He is working on getting back to his best form, and playing his first game.
The PNG International made an appearance in the Auckland Nine’s pre-season tournament launch in Sydney. Ottio was the only player in the room without NRL experience amongst premiership and State of Origin representatives.
Ottio is tipped to be a winging sensation and hoped to use the Nines tournament to get an NRL call-up.
However, due to his injury,it will see his delay to rise until mid-season.
The devastating winger is on modified training duties slowly making his way back into action alongside Lachlan Croker. Crocker had tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season.
Ottio is likely to miss the Auckland Nines but says is willing to be patient and work hard to get that chance and when it happens he will take it with both hands.