With Michael McIlorum, Lewis Tierney and Iain Thornley already at the club with Sam Tomkins set to join for 2019, it’s fair to say that Catalans have a strong contingent of former Wigan Warriors players in their ranks.
One name that is now being linked with a move to the Perpignan club is Anthony Gelling, the man who left the 2016 Super League Grand Final winners at the end of last season. Having departed the club in order to be closer to his family after a car accident left his girlfriend injured, the 27-year-old penned a one year deal with New Zealand Warriors and has made five appearances for the NRL club this season, crossing for one try.
With Brayden Williame, Tony Gigot and David Mead having filled the centre berths recently, Gelling would provide further firepower and quality to the three quarter ranks at the Dragons. Throw in the fact that he has enjoyed a period with Super League giants Wigan alongside a number of current Catalans, the culture of hard work and success that he would be able to build upon with the Dragons won’t be lost on boss Steve McNamara.
When the centre departed Wigan at the end of 2017, a statement said that they had first refusal on Gelling if he were to return to Super League. Now, though, Catalans interest in the New Zealander has emerged and they are believed to be in talks to bring him to the club for next season. Dragons chief executive Christophe Jouffret confirmed the Dragons’ interest, admitting that “yes, he is a player that we follow and with whom we discuss but it is not only him. We are in the period when the negotiations are growing and we still have 15 players at the end of their contract.”