MEET the NRL’s newest cult hero: Anthony Gelling.
Brisbane fans in particular might remember him from the time he charged down a Corey Parker penalty goal in the 2015 World Club Series.
Fans from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs might even recall him running around in the Roosters’ under 20s side in 2009-10.
Gelling, 27, has signed with the Warriors for one year after plying his trade for Wigan in the Super League where he scored 52 tries in 114 games.
Over that six-year period, the Cook Islands international became one of the competition’s funnymen thanks to his on-field antics to personally produced parody videos and social media posts.
Take a look at some of Gellings’ on-field antics in the video player below!
In an interview with Sportbible.com midway through the 2016 season, Gelling explained the inspiration to his filmmaking.
“I like to take the piss really. I’m a film student at uni, and TV production,” he said.
“I’ve only just started but it’s always been a hobby — you know making videos and stuff — so I do it pretty much every week for the boys.
“We all sit down and watch our review of the other team and then finish with something I’ve made. It’s a good laugh and I think the boys find it funny.
“They’ll come up to me and say to make a video about this or whatever!”
Now Gelling has a chance to make his NRL debut following a release from Wigan on compassionate grounds after his NZ-based girlfriend was in seriously injured in a car accident.
“The real reason for me leaving the Cherry & Whites was basically to be closer to family,” he recently wrote on his personal blog.
“ … My girlfriend and I had kept in touch via long distance during the 2017 campaign. Another year of facetime and text messaging seemed like a mountain to climb and I was willing to try. But when I received news that she was seriously injured in a car accident it quickly put things in perspective.”