Gelling is ready to press his claims

Anthony Gelling

Anthony Gelling

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ANTHONY Gelling hopes he has done enough to play a further part in Wigan’s Grand Final quest.

The Kiwi deputised for centre Darrell Goulding last Thursday and didn’t look out of his depth as the Warriors roared to a 22-8 victory.

With Shaun Wane’s men now benefitting for a weekend off, he is likely to have a full-strength squad – with the sole exception of Sean O’Loughlin – to select from for their semi-final the following week.

Though he has been unable to nail down a regular spot in the Wigan side, Gelling has figured in nine of their last 12 matches.

And with a maximum of just two matches remaining in this campaign, he’s hoping his domestic season isn’t over.

The 22-year-old said: “The important thing is I’m still in contention, like everyone else.

“For the last few weeks I’ve been in and out, in and out.

“It’s been handy because it keeps you fresh.

“There are a few blokes in the team like that. Logan Tomkins missed out (against Huddersfield) and he’s been playing well all year.”

Gelling reckons the Wigan players will benefit from some time off, as four of their play-off rivals slog it out this weekend.

“It’s awesome to get the time off, we’re really confident, and it’s going to be a good feeling over the next two weeks getting ready for this semi,” said Gelling.

Wigan’s play off semi-final will be on Friday September 27.

The Under-19s booked a place in their Grand Final by beating Leeds’ youngsters 40-16 at Orrell last Saturday.