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Anthony Gelling future latest as he joins new group

Seven months on from the last time he played rugby league and Anthony Gelling looks to be further away from a return than ever, despite being just 31 years of age.

Gelling appears to be spending more time with family and friends back Down Under as well as supporting his friend in his real estate business, but he also took part in former rugby league star Cory Patterson’s new business meeting over the weekend.

Patterson, who played for the Leigh Centurions and the Toronto Wolfpack, has set up a new business in transitioning from a professional athlete to a ‘normal’ lifestyle.

He will set up an athlete mentoring program for current players as well as retired in a bid to encourage more athletes to open up on about their experiences – and Gelling has gotten involved.

The South Sea Islander left Leigh Centurions back in June after he was cleared of GBH following a trial against his ex-wife and returned to his home back in Auckland, New Zealand.

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said at the time of Gelling’s departure: “I would like to personally thank Anthony on behalf of everyone at the club for the fantastic job he has done.

“To have come to England under the circumstances he did and to have ripped in and applied himself in the manner evident in his performances speaks volumes for him.

“It was clearly a difficult time for him whilst he was here, yet he was outstanding in everything he did and extremely committed to the club, the coaching staff and his teammates.”

Gelling first came to the UK shores with the Wigan Warriors in 2011, playing 115 games over a period of six seasons before leaving for the New Zealand Warriors at the end of the 2017 Super League season.

The three-quarter returned to England with the Widnes Vikings where he played 18 times and then the Warrington Wolves in 2020 where he registered 13 appearances.

A short spell at Leigh – with six games under his belt – ended midway through 2021 as Gelling left to return home following the end of his trial.

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