WIDNES Vikings players will proudly wear a special tribute to Kato Ottio on their home and away jerseys throughout the entire 2018 Betfred Super League campaign.

Senior team members wanted to show their respects for their fallen team-mate.

A special ‘Kato 18’ shirt transfer has been created, which will be worn at the heart of the players' shirts.

Vikings co-captain Chris Houston says: "As a team, we wanted Kato to be remembered throughout the season.

"We were all excited to have him join our squad and we were confident that he would bring something very special to the team in 2018."

With a distinctive yellow and red design, in honour of the traditional colour of the Kumuls playing strip, the transfer is a fitting tribute to the late PNG international.

Vikings Members and supporters can add this design to any garment for a suggested minimum donation of £5.

Every penny received will contribute towards the fundraising effort that has already realised over £15,000 to support Kato's family.

To buy the transfer, supporters can take their garments to the Vikings Superstore, at Tesco Extra, Widnes.

Supporters also have the opportunity to purchase the special Kato 18 warm-up shirts, which were worn by the Vikings players and coaches in the build up to the recent Whitehaven friendly.

These limited-edition t-shirts are available from the Vikings Superstore in sizes M to XXL.

The shirts cost £20, with all profits supporting the fundraising campaign.

"His passing came as a huge shock to all of us and as a group we want to ensure that he remains part of this team, even if it is only in spirit," added Houston.

"I’m pleased that the club has been able to support this by creating the special shirt transfer. Having seen the incredible response from Vikings supporters to this tragic passing, I am sure that many people will want to join us in featuring it on their club shirts and clothing this season.

"On behalf of the team, I’d like to thank everyone who backs these initiatives and has contributed in any way to our fundraising efforts.

"We can all feel very proud of what the club and its supporters have achieved in supporting Kato’s loved ones.”

Widnes Vikings co-captains Chris Houston and Joe Mellor sporting the Ottio tribute.