McIlorum and Gelling leave Wigan

Wigan have released hooker Michael McIlorum and centre Anthony Gelling from their contracts.

McIlorum, 29, will move to Catalans Dragons, while Gelling had recently returned to New Zealand after his girlfriend was involved in a car accident.

Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan told the club’s official website: “Following his performance at the Rugby League World Cup several clubs expressed interest in Michael and we agreed that at this stage of his career it was right to allow him to explore his options.

“Several teams have put forward very favourable offers to Michael and we felt it right not to stand in his way.”

McIlorum celebrated his testimonial year with the club in 2017 having made 242 appearances, winning two Super League and Challenge Cup titles.

Head Coach Shaun Wane said: “Having thought about it for some time we are all in agreement that it is the right time for Micky and the Club to go their separate ways.

“Micky is a player who I hold close to my heart, I’ve known him for a long time and I’ve enjoyed watching him develop as both a player and a man over many years. I’ve every respect for him, he’s always given his very best for Wigan and I’m sure he will be remembered for that.”

Meanwhile, Gelling, 27, has spent six years at the DW Stadium scoring 52 tries in 115 games.

Wane added: “I’m sad to see Anthony go, he has improved greatly during his time at Wigan and the coaching staff and I are proud of the progress he has made. He will be missed around the Club and he leaves with our best wishes.

“From a squad perspective, we have known about this for a little while now which is why we acted swiftly to secure Dan Sarginson’s return.”

Wigan also revealed that should Gelling decide to return to the UK at any point, they have the first option to re-sign him.

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