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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Warriors sign ex-Wigan centre

    The Warriors have signed Anthony Gelling on a one-year contract after the former Wigan centre was given an early release.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Stephen Kearney
    Stephen Kearney

    Former Wigan centre Anthony Gelling, who recently returned to Auckland after six seasons in England, has signed a one-year contract with the Warriors .

    After being given an early release by Wigan, the Cook Islands international was invited to train with the Warriors this week, and impressed coach Stephen Kearney.

    Gelling's return was "a stroke of luck" for the Warriors, Kearney said.

    "He proved himself in the Super League and has immediately impressed us at training this week.

    "We're thrilled we've been able to add him to our squad. He brings size and some special skills, providing further depth and increasing competition among our outside backs."

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

    Gelling said after six seasons in England, he was keen to return home.

    "Rugby league wasn't the reason I came home," he said.

    "I'd had six seasons in England and I really wanted to be back in New Zealand around my family. I'm grateful for everything Wigan did for me and for allowing me to head home early.

    "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."

    Gelling was a Super League grand final winner with Wigan at Old Trafford in 2016 and was also in its beaten side in the 2014 decider.

    He last played in New Zealand in 2011, when he was in the Warriors' feeder side, the Auckland Vulcans.


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