WIDNES Vikings have granted permission for Anthony Gelling to return home for two weeks.

Gelling has headed Down Under to be with his wife and two children to help prepare for their move to the United Kingdom.

Gelling, who has scored five tries in six games, has made an instant impact at the Vikings this season.

He has formed a lethal combination with Ryan Ince, who has eight tries himself, on the club’s right edge.

The ex-Wigan and New Zealand Warriors centre has been a real asset to the club on and off the field during a troubling start to the season.

He has become a real fans' favourite - and gave his playing shirt away at the end of the game on Sunday.

Gelling will miss the Vikings’ fixtures against Rochdale Hornets in the Betfred Championship and Oldham RLFC in the Challenge Cup.

The club look forward to welcoming Gelling back to the club ahead of the Batley Bulldogs fixture on Sunday 7 April.

Gelling's daughter Manaia was born in December. After spending just a couple of weeks with his family and newly-born daughter, he returned to Widnes for the club's pre-season ahead of the Betfred Championship campaign.