COAST CAMP: Brisbane Bronco Matt Gillett at training at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Thursday, January 18.
COAST CAMP: Brisbane Bronco Matt Gillett at training at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Thursday, January 18. Brisbane Broncos

Broncos embrace training on Sunshine Coast

RUGBY LEAGUE: It may have been a very low-key visit, but the Brisbane Broncos certainly didn't hold back during a pre-season training camp on the Sunshine Coast this week.

The club wrapped-up their week-long training camp at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on Thursday, and are set to head back to home turf on Friday morning.

It was a busy week for the Broncos, with the side making full use of the facilities on offer to create some "intense" drills.

It was an especially big week for Bribie Island product Matt Gillett who returned for his first week back at training following World Cup duties.

He said he was "glad" to start his 2018 campaign on the Coast, with the backrower keen to mingle and train.

"It's good to come up here and hang around the boys and get to know a few new fresh faces which I haven't seen until now this week so it's been good," he said.

"I've learned they've been training pretty hard from this morning's (Thursday) session. (It) was pretty intense and long and a bit of wrestling and stuff with Corey Parker taking over that side of things so it's good."

The Broncos weren't scared to go all out during the Twin Waters wrestling sessions either according to Gillett.

"There were a few sore heads and I know Josh (McGuire) has got a few red marks on his face," he said.

"It's about being competitive and that's a good thing that Cozza (Parker) has instilled in his drills.

"You want to be competitive and you want to be winning here on the training paddock instead of waiting to game day to get that done. So it all starts out there on the training paddock and hopefully that can transfer on to game day."

Along with training, Gillett said the Coast camp had proven a great way to build trust among the playing group.

"Getting that trust with the bunch of boys that we've got here (is important)," he said.

"It's a big squad so earning that trust in the roles that we've got to do and that (is great).

"There's some big boys in the squad which is good to see and all pretty young too so big futures ahead."

Gillett, who got married at Surfair in Marcoola, relished another visit to the region and praised the facilities on offer.

"It's a bit far North to where I usually come but I've been up here a few times and I really enjoy it," he said.

"You get to enjoy that relaxation with the beach and lagoon here and really enjoy the time and week we have up here with all the boys and get back into it next week in Brissy.

"They've (Novotel) got good facilities and the field is 50m away and (you've) got the lagoon for recovery and a little outdoor gym which is something different that we don't do at the club.

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