Gelling preparing for new role

Anthony Gelling
Anthony Gelling

ANTHONY Gelling is bulking-up for a possible switch of positions next season.

Pre-season weights sessions are split between the forwards and backs to cater for their different roles.

And three-quarter Gelling has stepped up to train with the props and second-rows to add some muscle to his frame – and give Shaun Wane the option of playing him in the pack in 2013.

The 22-year-old revealed: “I’m training with the forwards to put some weight on.

“I think I’ll be doing it for most of pre-season, we’ll see what happens in the trials and who knows?”

All of the Kiwi’s 13 first-team appearances last season came from the wing position, while he also figured frequently at centre for the Under-20s side. But he is happy to switch to the second-row if it puts him in the frame.

“I’m open to it,” the Cook Islands international said. “As long as I’m playing or in the frame for the first team I’m happy.”

Gelling joined Wigan a year ago from the Auckland Vulcans, a part-time team in New Zealand, and was seen by the coaching staff as a work in progress.

A serious injury to Pat Richards saw him enjoy a two-month unbroken spell in the team during May and June, during which time Wigan lost just one match.

And the former Sydney Roosters junior feels more accomplished now than 12 months ago.

“I was happy with last season, I was a bit patchy, but I played more first-team that I expected so that was a bonus,” he said.

“I felt I got better on the little thigns in my game, I worked on them and by the end I felt better than the start.

“I was in the right centre spot in the reserves and playing well.”

Gelling, who lives with winger Josh Charnley, spent the off-season relaxing with his family in New Zealand.

“It was good, everyone was a bit curious and asking me about life over here,” said Gelling, who was working full-time in construction a year ago before Wigan came calling.

“It was good to chill out and relax but I’m glad to be back.”