Broncos great Gillett announces retirement
Brisbane backrower Matt Gillett has announced his retirement, ending his 10-season NRL career, saying the decision was "a no-brainer" due to a chronic shoulder injury.
Gillett, 31, walks away from the game with three years left on his Broncos contract.
The veteran of 200 NRL games, 20 Origins and 12 Tests has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons, suffering a broken neck in 2018 while nursing back, knee and an ongoing shoulder issue this year.
"I injured my shoulder late in the season which was something that was playing on my mind," a tearful Gillett said in a press conference on Thursday.
"Once the season was finished I went to get scans,which showed a large amount of damage in right shoulder.
"I sought out a number of medical opinions from a range of doctors, but the shoulder is beyond repair for a return to rugby league.
"This has been a huge shock to me and my family, and we have taken the time over the past month to consider what we should do.
I have decided to take the medical advice from the experts and call time on my career."
Gillett didn't believe he would have even been able to get through pre-season training.
"It was a no-brainer" he said.
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