WIDNES Vikings’ Papua New Guinean brothers Wellington and Stanton Albert are in the frame to make their debuts against Catalans Dragons at Halton Stadium on Sunday.

Although the new signings have had limited time in the country and with their new teammates, head coach Denis Betts said the pair are among 26 fit players battling for one of the 17 places.

“They’re in the group now, they’re working hard,” said Betts.

“They’ve both been in NRL environments.

“Just because they struggled to make NRL sides it doesn’t mean I’ve plucked them out of nowhere.

“They’ve played international rugby, they’ve travelled a bit with international rugby, they’ve had to uproot themselves and take themselves to Australia – albeit a little bit warmer than Widnes.

“But it’s not something they’re not used to doing.

“They’re enjoying being in this country. I don’t think they’ve got used to the weather yet, but I don’t think anyone ever gets used to the weather over here anyway.

“They’re looking to play. They’re up for selection at the moment.

“Whether one or both of them will play, it’ll be a discussion we have over the next couple of days.”