Goulding: Gleeson has point to prove

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DARRELL Goulding reckons Martin Gleeson may have a point to prove after securing a return to Super League.

Salford are expected to confirm Gleeson’s capture on a two-year deal once their takeover by Peel Holdings is complete.

Wiganer Gleeson was hit with a doping ban while at Hull FC, just weeks after leaving the Warriors under a cloud in 2011.

He is now preparing to relaunch his career at the age of 32, and his former wing partner Goulding reckons he has the talent in his arsenal to make his mark.

Goulding scored 29 tries in 2010 when he served on Gleeson’s wing, and said: “If he knuckles down he could be one of the best centres in the competition.

“He’s had 18 months out of the game, and that may have given him that hunger to prove a point to a few people.

“There’s no doubting that he’s been a quality player – there’s not many centres who the Aussies are wary of – and I hope he comes back and does well.

“He helped me out a lot during the time I spent on his wing. A lot of people talked about his footwork and what he can do with the ball, but he could defend well, too.”

Goulding took over the right centre spot last season and repaid Shaun Wane’s faith with some eye-catching displays.

The 24-year-old is now deep into pre-season, having come back early for an optional week.

“I’m glad I came back early – a few lads did – because it eases you back into it,” he said.

“It’s been really tough – a lot of gym work – but that’s what you expect at this time of the year.”