Known as ‘Gello’, the centre signed with the Auckland-based club after being allowed to leave Wigan, his home for the past five years, for personal reasons.
“This is good for us especially with our national coach Tony Iro now part of the New Zealand Warriors coaching team,” said Carlson. “Gello has always been very passionate in playing for the Cook Islands despite the fact he lives in England.”
In the past, Gelling would get on a plane following a Super League match in England, play for the Cook Islands then get back on the plane to England the next day, ready for his club training.
“Gello is a big strong centre and I notice he’s been playing second row at times, so to have him in the squad will be a great asset to the NZ Warriors and especially to us, the Cook Islands.
“He is certainly an entertaining character with a huge following in Wigan and I’m sure they will miss him there.
“At least now he is with the Warriors, we don’t have to worry about looking for sponsors to get him over from England and back,” Carlson added.