ANTHONY Gelling could be set to extend his stay at Wigan.
The Warriors hope he will pledge his future to the club where he launched his first-team career.
The Cook Islands international is already under contract to the end of 2016.
But coaches were impressed with the progress he made before picking up a hamstring injury in a 40-22 win at Wakefield. The 24-year-old was arguably one of the form centres in Super League at the time – making several clubs take notice – and many fans will be pleased if he can be tied down to a new, long-term deal.
Gelling – one of the competition’s most colourful characters – has taken an unusual route to stardom.
He was working a full-time construction job in New Zealand when Wane signed him at the end of 2011, on the back of footage of him playing reserve-grade level for Auckland Vulcans and an endorsement from former team-mate Kevin Iro.
He has made steady progress since, and last year overtook Darrell Goulding as a first-choice centre.
He is expected to make his comeback from injury next month.
Joel Tomkins has been covering the right centre spot in his absence, with Dan Sarginson continuing on the left.
Sarginson – who has been linked with rugby union in the past – revealed earlier this month that Wigan had taken out the option on his contract for 2016. Meanwhile, winger Joe Burgess reckons motivation won’t be a problem as Wigan continue their preparations for Saturday’s clash at Catalans Dragons.
The Warriors were dumped out of the Challenge Cup with a 16-12 loss against Hull KR last Friday night.
“I won’t be here next year and so it’s doubly disappointing,” said the Sydney Roosters-bound winger, who is Super League’s leading tryscorer with 14.
“I know we didn’t want to be out the cup, but it does let us concentrate on the League Leaders’ Shield and the Grand Final.
“We were on a good run until the weekend, going to Catalans is always hard to get the win, and we’ll be trying our best to get the win.
“Looking back we didn’t play that badly on Friday, it was just frustrating – poor discipline and errors cost us.”
Liam Farrell confirmed in today’s exclusive column he is still waiting to learn how long he may be sidelined for, after suffering a broken nose and other facial injuries.