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Ex-Warrington Wolves & Wigan Warriors star’s World Cup over as coach confirms retirement is likely

Anthony Gelling is one of the best personalities we’ve seen in Super League.

Well loved at Wigan Warriors where he made his name and won trophies, he will always be remembered at Widnes Vikings too for his season there in the Championship.

Meanwhile, he delivered some good moments at Warrington Wolves and Leigh Centurions and will always be regarded as one of the top personalities to have graced Super League as well as one of the top players.

He’s only played two games in 2022 and they have been the Cook Island’s two World Cup games in which he has scored twice and looked very good.

However, his coach Tony Iro revealed last night that his tournament had come to an end due to personal reasons with the squad bidding farewell to him last night: “He’s going home, he’s got some personal reasons, so he’s heading home tomorrow.

“He’s been an outstanding servant for the Cook Islands rugby league. He’s always put his hand up, it doesn’t matter where he is in the world.

“He’s an absolute freak to be fair, that’s only his second game of rugby league this year and to do what he did last week and run 300 metres and he did everything he could to try and get us the win tonight.”

Iro revealed that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Gelling retire revealing that it took months to convince him to play in the World Cup: “It took me four months to convince him to come on this tour, but I think this might be it for him.

“He’s a passionate bloke, he was speaking in the sheds there about continuing his legacy and building something in the squad.”

So, it looks like the career of Anthony Gelling may have seen its last chapter last night.

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