ANTHONY Gelling is beginning to feel more comfortable in the Wigan side – but has vowed there is plenty more to come.
The Kiwi has figured in four of the last five matches in place of injured winger Pat Richards, scoring three tries in the process.
Last Saturday he helped Wigan move into the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup with a gutsy 18-4 victory over fierce rivals St Helens.
Shaun Wane signed Gelling in the off-season from lower-league outfit Auckland Vulcans. Gelling was working full-time on a building site at the time, and admitted the switch to full-time training took some major adjusting.
He said: “I definitely feel like I’m making progress.
“From when I first came into the club to now, I’m a lot more comfortable, I know what’s expected.
“But at the same time I still feel like I’m being kept on my toes and I want to get better and better.
“Every week there’s something new for me to pick up, something else to work on, but I’ve also got to remember work on doing the basics right.”
St Helens scored their only try on the back of an early Gelling knock-on last Saturday, but he redeemed his mistake with an enthusiastic display – just a week after his two-try, man of the match outing against Hull KR.
“There were a couple of errors against Saints that I wasn’t happy with,” he admitted.
“It was a really scrappy game, but defensively we were together and that’s the main thing.
“To keep a team like St Helens try-less for 75 minutes was awesome, even when they were on our goal-line we kept them out.”
Gelling, a Cook Islands international, was recruited as a “long-term project” by Wane and was seen as a player who could add depth to the centre position.
But Jack Hughes’ switch to the three-quarters from the pack, and last week’s capture of Iain Thornley, may limit his chances in that role, and he is happy to play on the wing in Richards’ absence.
No players from the quarter-finals were referred to the RFL’s disciplinary committee.