Gelling: My form has been flat this year

Wigan players celebrate victory in the derby against Saints. Far right, Anthony Gelling

Wigan players celebrate victory in the derby against Saints. Far right, Anthony Gelling

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ANTHONY Gelling admits he has yet to hit his stride this season.

Gelling has been described by his coach Shaun Wane as being “rocks and diamonds” – but the Kiwi centre has given a much more frank assessment.

I had a bit of a tough pre-season with injuries, and I don’t feel like I’ve clicked yet. It’s frustrating

Anthony Gelling

Despite leading his team-mates on tries (five, equal with Joe Burgess), carries and metres made after nine rounds of Super League, he says he has been disappointed with his form so far.

“I feel a bit flat this year,” he said.

“I don’t feel right this year physically.

“I had a bit of a tough pre-season with injuries, and I don’t feel like I’ve clicked yet. It’s frustrating.

“Hopefully I can get a few good games under the belt and get some momentum, because I’m not at my best at the minute.”

His next test is this Sunday when Catalans Dragons arrive at the DW Stadium – putting Gelling on collision course with former Kangaroos centre Willie Tonga.

“I watched him when he was playing NRL and he killed it, he’s still class,” said the 24-year-old.

Gelling burst into the first-team a year ago and made the right centre berth his own.

His colourful character was typified last week when he arrived at the derby game on a BMX bike – and then called in on a house party on his way home.

But the amicable Kiwi doesn’t see why he caught the attention of fans and team-mates alike.

“I don’t get it, I live near the stadium... I don’t see what the fuss was about,” he said.