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Broncos star Gillett announces retirement

Brisbane Broncos forward Matt Gillett has today announced his immediate retirement from the National Rugby League.

Gillett played his 200th NRL match for the Broncos in their qualifying final loss to Parramatta earlier this year – the final match of what has been a stellar playing career.

The Bribie Island junior made his first grade debut in 2010 – quickly earning representative honours in 2012 for Queensland.

Gillett went on to have an impressive stint in the representative arena – representing the Maroons on 20 occasions and playing 12 Test matches for Australia.

The 31-year-old’s career has come to a premature end due to a severe shoulder injury.

Gillett said in the announcement on the Broncos website today: “This has been a huge shock to me and my family, and we have taken time over recent weeks to consider what we should do. I have decided to take the medical advice from the experts and call time on my career.”

The Rugby League Players’ Association would like to congratulate Matt on a wonderful career and thank him for his enormous contribution to the game during his ten-seasons in the NRL.

Click here to watch Matt’s press conference on the Brisbane Broncos website.