The Warriors have confirmed the signing of former Wigan centre Anthony Gelling to a one-year contract.
After being given an early release by the Wigan Warriors on compassionate grounds, the Cook Islands international was invited to train with the Warriors this week and impressed coach Stephen Kearney.
"It’s a stroke of luck for us that Anthony has come back,” said Kearney.
"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."
In his six seasons with Wigan, Gelling (27) scored 52 tries in 114 appearances and also represented the Cook Islands at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
"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."
Before playing for Wigan, Gelling was a member of the Warriors ’ feeder side the Auckland Vulcans in 2011, and played for the Howick Hornets in the Fox Memorial premiership.
The Warriors have made a number of roster additions during the offseason which has seen Tohu Harris, Leivaha Pulu, Gerard Beale Adam Blair, Pita Hiku and Agnatius Paasi