Betfred Super League side Warrington Wolves have snatched two players from Championship club Widnes Vikings as centre Anthony Gelling and Keanan Brand swap second division for first division.
Centre Gelling has signed a two year deal with the Wolves whilst teammate Brand has committed himself to a three year deal at the club.
Gelling who is 28 years old made over a 100 appearances in Super League for the Wigan Warriors between 2012-17 before moving back to the place of his birth New Zealand.
On signing for the club Gelling said: “I’ve always liked playing here; even when I was at Wigan, this was one of my favourite stadiums to come to. To now call this my home ground and to play here every week will be awesome.
“To link up with some of my old Wigan buddies in Jack Hughes and Charners (Josh Charnley) too was one of the key factors in signing here.”
Meanwhile 20 year old Brand started his career at Wigan St Patricks before moving on to the Widnes scholarship programme as a teenager. He made his Super League debut in 2018 and has now moved to the home of Warrington.
On both players joining the club head coach Steve Price said: “Both players will give us depth to our squad. Anthony comes on good recommendations from people that I trust.
“He is a big, athletic, strong centre, who carries the ball well and has a sound knowledge of the game. He is a big personality and it will be great to have him around the team.
“Keanan is a young player with a lot of potential. He is a centre that is also capable of playing on the wing and has the ability to beat people with ball in hand but is also strong in defence. He has a bright future ahead of him and I am looking forward to working with him and developing his game.”