Once upon a time, Anthony Gelling fell under the New Zealand Warriors brand when he was a player with then feeder side, the Auckland Vulcans.
From there, however, he opted for a successful move to Super League side the Wigan Warriors.
In that time, he won a grand final and a World Club Challenge with the Wigan side.
In the end, it was variables away from rugby league that brought about his return to New Zealand and ultimately the Warriors.
The veteran centre is looking forward to the opportunity presented to him and grateful to be around his family again.
“Rugby league wasn’t the reason I came home,” Gelling 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.”
Gelling has represented the Cook Islands and scored 52 times for Wigan, adding experience to a stacked back-line for 2018.
“It’s a stroke of luck for us that Anthony has come back,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen 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.”