Gillett Ready to Back Up Impressive Debut Season

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), November 16, 2010 | Go to article overview

Gillett Ready to Back Up Impressive Debut Season


RUGBY LEAGUE: Nobody was more surprised by Matt Gillett's impressive debut NRL season than Matt Gillett himself.

Taking out the NRL's rookie-of-the-year award in 2010 and playing for Australia in the Prime Minister's XIII against PNG last month completed a remarkable campaign for the former Bribie Island junior, who has been earmarked for representative honours in 2011.

After originally offering the 22-year-old Gillett a two-year deal for 2010-11, Brisbane quickly realised his talent and extended its offer until 2013.

"I surprised myself a lot," said Gillett, headed for a more permanent home in the Broncos back row in 2011.

"I was really happy with the way the year went. Playing Papua New Guinea representing Australia, that was special over there.

"It was a great experience, not just the football but trying to do something to help the people out over there.

"Their fans are just crazy which makes you feel really lucky to go over there and play for them."

Gillett played in the scrum and also out in the backline as a utility in 2010, scoring 12 tries in 22 games after coming out of the Queensland Cup the previous season. …

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