Brisbane Broncos star Matt Gillett has announced he’s hanging up the boots.
The international second-rower made the emotional announcement at a snap press conference on Thursday morning.
Holding back tears, the father-of-two said he came to the tough decision to call time on his career after “being advised by medical experts to retire from contact sport” after suffering a severe shoulder injury during a late match this season.
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“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,” Gillett said.
“I have decided to take the medical advice from the experts and call time on my career.”
The 31-year-old said he’s extremely thankful for his rugby league career, but said he had to put his family first.
“I have plenty to be thankful for – I have been part of a great club here at the Broncos for my whole career. I’ve played for my state and for my country with some legends of the game,” he said.
“While today is really hard, I know that I can look back over my career and be thankful for what I’ve been able to achieve and the friends I have made over the journey. I’d like to thank my teammates, coaches, family and friends for all their help and support over the years.”
Gillett has played 200 games for the Broncos, 20 Origin appearances for Queensland and 12 Tests for the Kangaroos.
It’s understood Gillett won’t be a stranger to the game, with the Broncos star to remain at the club in an off-field capacity.