Gelling is training like ‘an outsider’

Wigan's Anthony Gelling in action at Leeds
Wigan's Anthony Gelling in action at Leeds

ANTHONY Gelling has jetted to Florida with the same mind-set as previous trips – despite now being a starting player.

The Kiwi spent more than two years as a fringe player, chasing chances in Shaun Wane’s team and providing cover for injured players.

But all that changed early last season when he nailed down the right centre berth with some strong performances to earn a new two-year deal.

He said: “It’s different to other years, when I was seen as a back-up player, but it doesn’t change my mind-set.

“In this game, there’s no finish line in sight. As soon as you stop and say you’ve made it, it’s when you lose your spot, and you can see from the past how quickly things can change here.

“Heaps of good players come through all the time.

“So it’s all about just training hard and trying to stay in form.”

The 24-year-old spent the off-season at home in Auckland. He added: “It was my job to drive my 15-year-old brother (Connor) to school in the morning, and, well... he may have been late a few days!

“He was like my little assistant, I took him everywhere with me.”