Widnes Vikings have announced the signing of New Zealand Warriors centre Anthony Gelling on a two-year deal for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
The 27-year-old makes an immediate return to England after just one season with the NRL outfit, having established himself as one of the most destructive backs in Super League with Wigan Warriors.
The Cook Island International offers the Vikings big game experience having played in Grand Finals, Challenge Cup Finals and World Club Challenges and adds much needed quality to a side that has largely struggled for the past two seasons.
On the move, the former Wigan man said; “I’m delighted to be joining Widnes Vikings. Looking at the talent at the club, their players who have re-signed, and the young lads who are coming through, I believe that the Vikings have real potential for the seasons ahead.
“Widnes Vikings have had a tough season this year, but I know that we can turn this around. I am looking forward to linking up with the boys next year in 2019 and to making a difference to the side.
“I know from experience that the Vikings have brilliant supporters and I can’t wait to get out in front of them next year. I’m grateful to everyone continues to get behind the boys this year and look forward to wearing black and white next season.”