NEW recruit Anthony Gelling was left “in a daze” by Wigan’s full-on training!
Shaun Wane revealed the Kiwi was stunned by the intensity of the Warriors’ methods during their week-long camp in Florida.
Before linking up with Wigan Gelling was plying his trade for Auckland Vulcans, a second-tier competition to the NRL – meaning he worked a job in addition to training part-time.
And Wane says the towering three-quarter is “loving” the full-time environment, and reckons his raw talents will blossom under the punishing regime.
The coach said: “Anthony has done good so far. He’s settled into the squad well.
“Obviously it’s a big step up for him because he’s gone from part-time to training full on, full-time, and the intensity was probably an eye opener for him – by the end of the week in Florida he was in a daze.
“He’s gone from having a part time job and training part-time, to training in a really intense environment.
“But he ripped in with the rest of the lads and really enjoyed it.” Gelling was signed to bolster the three-quarters after Joel Tomkins’ departure to rugby union – and the decision to let Stefan Marsh join Widnes on a season-long loan – left Wane with only two senior centres, George Carmont and Darrell Goulding.
Gelling is also big enough to play in the second-row and athletic enough to fill a wing slot, but it is in the centre position where Wane reckons his talents will best be suited.
And the coach reiterated his hope that the former Sydney Roosters junior can be honed into a star capable of troubling rival Super League defences.
“He’s played in a decent standard competition – the New South Wales Cup – for the Auckland Vulcans but it’s different to what we are doing,” added Wane.
“It may take him a while to find his feet and we knew that when we signed him.
“But he’s got a raw quality about him. He’s fit, he’s big, he’s athletic and he’s got the talent there that we will work on.”
The Wigan squad went to the University of Central Lancashire yesterday for fitness tests at their sports science department.