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Bulked up Gillett fit for NRL return

Matt Gillett has declared himself fit to play in the NRL's opening round after overcoming shoulder and neck injuries in the off-season.

Bulked up Gillett fit for NRL return

Matt Gillett has declared himself fit to play in the NRL's opening round after overcoming shoulder and neck injuries in the off-season.

MATT GILLETT of the Broncos looks to pass during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
MATT GILLETT of the Broncos looks to pass during the NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Carrots and lettuce to lose weight, stacked bowls of Weet-Bix and the odd trip to McDonald's to put it back on.

Brisbane backrower Matt Gillett revealed the method behind his well-documented weight fluctuations on Wednesday as he declared himself good to go for the NRL's opening round.


Gillett lost about 10kg last year after neck and shoulder problems led to surgery but says he's back to fighting weight after the all clear from his respective surgeons.

The 30-year-old fractured his neck in Brisbane's opening round last year but obliviously played another four games before it was diagnosed.

He sat out the remainder of the season as the injury slowly healed and then had shoulder surgery as well.

Having signed a deal to remain at Red Hill until 2022, Gillett got the all clear from his shoulder specialist on Tuesday to go with the green light on his neck last month.

He is confident of playing in the Broncos' trial against Gold Coast on March 2 or even log minutes against Queensland Cup side Wynnum a week earlier.

"It was a big relief; I had to wait a while for those results to come through and the main concern was that shoulder," he said.

Gillett was at McDonald's on Wednesday to launch the Broncos Burger, with 50c from each one sold going to Ronald McDonald House to support families with seriously ill or injured children.

Admitting he loved the odd burger, Gillett said he always struggled to put weight on thanks to a habit most would be envious of.

"That (losing weight) happens with me every off-season when I stop doing weights, eat better and don't eat as much," he said.

Gillett revealed a steady diet of Weet-Bix with banana and honey, or occasionally topped with Milo, did the job.

"I eat a lot of Weet-Bix; it fills me up and puts weight on as well," he said.

"I'm good now, back up to playing weight."

His health will be vital in Anthony Seibold's first season at the helm given emerging backrower Jayden Su'a is still recovering from an ankle issue.

The Broncos also had the worst defence of the top eight sides last year, something Gillett can help adjust.

"Those two boys (Su'a and David Fifita) had a great year last year (in the backrow)," Gillett said.

"One of these days the time will come where they take your position."

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