Star pair doubtful for USA trip

St Helens v Wigan Warriors, Super League Play-offs Qualifying Semi-final: George Carmont is tackled short of the line
St Helens v Wigan Warriors, Super League Play-offs Qualifying Semi-final: George Carmont is tackled short of the line
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TWO Wigan players face an anxious weekend to discover if they will be heading on the team’s pre-season trip to Florida.

George Carmont’s place on the week-long camp is under threat because of red tape, while Gareth Hock’s pregnant partner is due to give birth next week.

The Warriors first-team squad fly out to the USA on Monday and Carmont is hoping the postman will deliver some promising news today, tomorrow or even on the day of departure, to allow him to take part.

The veteran centre, though, admits the chances are not looking good. The 33-year-old said: “At the moment I’m waiting for my visa and I’ve got a feeling I’ll run out of time and I’ll miss the trip.

“It’s the visa to get back in the country that I need, mine expires while we would be over there so there’d be a good chance – if I went – that they wouldn’t let me back.

“It’s going through the process now but I don’t think I’ll get it back in time.

“A couple of people in the office here have chased it up but it’s just a waiting game. There’s still a slim chance but I’m not holding my breath.”

Dad-of-five Carmont will have his bags packed in the off-chance that he gets the green light.

But he’s resigned to staying behind and admits he’ll be disappointed to miss out on the USA camp.

“The boys fly out Monday and if it’s not arrived by then, I’ll be watching the plane leave,” he added.

“It’s unfortunate because I was really looking forward to going.

“These are the memories you make when you’re playing footy and I enjoy being in the boys’ company – I’m pretty disappointed about it.”

Second-rower Hock, meanwhile, is due to become a father again.

“The baby’s due on the 14th, which is two days after we go,” said Hock.

If the baby arrives before Sunday afternoon he may travel with the squad but, if not, he will stay behind and train with the Under-20s while his team-mates sharpen up their skills – and take part in conditioning sessions – in the sun-kissed US state.

There was some suggestion last night that new signing Gil Dudson would also stay behind. The Welsh prop hinted on Twitter that there had been complications over his visa.

But new recruit Anthony Gelling is expected to travel with the squad to USA, as revealed in the Evening Post yesterday.

He arrived in the country to begin his Wigan career yesterday, though his signing has not been announced by the club.

Shaun Wane moved for Gelling, 21, to bolster the three-quarters following Joel Tomkins’ departure to rugby union outfit Saracens at the end of last season.

l Sky Super League fixtures – page 37