ANTHONY Gelling has signed a new four-year deal with Wigan.
The Kiwi centre made giant strides last season, scoring 11 tries in 23 appearances, and continued that fine form this year before suffering a hamstring injury at Wakefield.
Coach Shaun Wane signed Gelling from the relative obscurity of the Auckland Vulcans, on a recomendation by former team-mate Kevin Iro.
“This is the time of year when we are looking at long-term signings,” he said. “Kris Radlinski (rugby manager) and myself who manage all of that have been very busy making sure that we have contracts further forward in time.
“Anthony is a character and I think the Wigan fans have come to love him, whether he’s on his bike or whatever it is. He’s not on his bike at the moment, he’s with Wigan for the long-term and we’re delighted with that.”
The popular Wigan player made the headlines earlier in the year when he arrived at the DW Stadium for the Good Friday Derby with St Helens on a BMX bike.
“There’s only Gelling who could do that,” said Ian. “He’s a character and you need characters in teams. He’s a great character but he’s also a very good player and we are delighted he’s with us for the long-term.”
The new deal will see Gelling remain with Wigan until the end of 2019.