Anthony Gelling has signed with the New Zealand Warriors on a one-year deal.
The Kiwi centre recently returned to Auckland after six seasons in England after he was released by Wigan.
"It’s a stroke of luck for us that Anthony has come back,” Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney said.
“He proved himself in the Super League and has immediately impressed us at training this week. We’re thrilled we’ve been able to add him to our squad. He brings size and some special skills, providing further depth and increasing competition among our outside backs."
Gelling is a Cook Islands international who has won a Super League grand final with Wigan.
Just as things were looking doubtful .... pic.twitter.com/bk7Cg8EjPe— Anthony Gelling (@AnthonyGelling) January 12, 2018
“Rugby league wasn’t the reason I came home,” he said.
“I’d had six seasons in England and I really wanted to be back in New Zealand around my family. I’m grateful for everything Wigan did for me and for allowing me to head home early.
“I wasn’t sure what would happen with my career but the opportunity came up to train with the Vodafone Warriors this week and now I’m excited about signing for the club."