Gillett embraces new role as Brisbane lock
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Veteran back-rower Matt Gillett has hinted his switch to lock may be a long-term move after a successful stint in Brisbane's NRL trial win over Gold Coast.
Gillett was handed the No.13 jersey for last weekend's Titans clash in what appeared to be a short term fix, with Tevita Pangai (hamstring) on the sidelines.
But it seems Gillett has done enough to impress new coach Anthony Seibold at lock ahead of next week's NRL season opener against Melbourne.
Seibold is believed to be toying with the idea of using Pangai as an impact bench forward against the Storm, giving him the chance to select David Fifita or fellow young gun Jaydn Su'A in the starting back-row with Alex Glenn.
Gillett didn't look out of place at No.13 against the Gold Coast in his first game back from a neck fracture and shoulder reconstruction that limited his 2018 campaign to just five games, but admitted it would take time to adjust.
"I prefer to be an edge player but the way things are looking I might be in the middle for a little bit," Gillett said.
"It's a change but it's something I am pretty excited about.
"I have been stuck on the edge for a while now so the new role in the middle might be good for me, give me more time with my hands on the ball."
In a big hint his No.13 move may be long term, Gillett said he would lean on ex-Brisbane captain and current assistant Corey Parker in the coming weeks.
"I will have a chat to him about how he got around the park at 13, what worked well for him," he said of the former Test lock.
"My first training session was a bit chaotic (at lock), I was bit everywhere, but I am learning and doing plenty of video to do that role."
Gillett said he had backed up well from his first hit-out of 2019.
"The neck wasn't (a worry), it was just the shoulder (in the trial), just wondering if it was going to be stuck in an awkward position," he said.
"It might take a month or so to come out and whack someone."
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