Warrington sign Widnes pair Gelling and Brand

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Warrington Wolves have raided Cheshire rivals Widnes Vikings for players Anthony Gelling and Keanan Brand.

Gelling returns to the Super League for the first time since leaving Wigan Warriors in 2016 for the New Zealand Warriors. He left after winning three Super League titles and a Challenge Cup.

Brand has been one of many academy products to come through the club in the Championship, and quickly established himself as a firm regular as Widnes battled to avoid the drop.

“Both players will give us depth to our squad,” said head coach Steve Price.

“Anthony comes to us after previously playing in the NRL, he 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 comes to us with previous Grand Final and World Club Challenge winning experience. 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 was named the Vikings’ players’ player of the year. He is a centre who is also capable of playing 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.

“Our main focus going forward now is a tough pre-season, getting both boys working extremely hard and in top physical condition for 2020. I am a big believer that the amount of hard work you put into your pre-season will be rewarded in season.“

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