Gelling signs with Warriors

Jose Verdugo
Enero 13, 2018

The Warriors have confirmed the signing of former Wigan centre Anthony Gelling to a one-year contract.

Gelling's arrival comes after he was recently granted a release from the last two years of his contract with Wigan after he returned to New Zealand to be with his girlfriend who was injured in a auto accident in November.

In his six seasons with Wigan, Gelling (27) scored 52 tries in 114 appearances and also represented the Cook Islands at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

"Rugby league wasn't the reason I came home", Gelling told the clubs website.

"I wasn't sure what would happen with my career but the opportunity came up to train with the Warriors this week and now I'm excited about signing for the club".

He last played in New Zealand in 2011 when he was in the Vodafone Warriors' feeder side the Auckland Vulcans, who lost 28-30 to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bankstown in the dying moments of the New South Wales Cup at ANZ Stadium.

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"He's really developed as a bloke and as a footy player".

Coach Stephen Kearney believes signing the Cook Islands global is a real coup for the Warriors and has backed him to shine in the NRL.

Inside Sport understands the outside back is likely to join the Warriors, with the club believed to be keen on Gelling.

"We'd need to train him up on some back-row stuff but he's certainly a contender for an NRL spot somewhere", he said.

Anthony Gelling playing for the Auckland Vulcans in 2011.

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