Matt Gillett in action for the Broncos.
Matt Gillett in action for the Broncos. DAN PELED

Gillett may be open to Warriors move

BRISBANE has fended off big money offers from the Dragons and Manly to lure star forward Matt Gillett from Red Hill, but they may have one last suitor to hold off with the Warriors emerging as a real threat.

Gillett wants to remain a Bronco for life but he also has a young family to worry about.

The former Sunshine Coast junior plays his 150th game tomorrow night in Melbourne alongside teammate Sam Thaiday, who clocks up his 250th game for the Broncos.

While Thaiday is locked away for next season, there's a real chance Gillett could be lining up against him in 2017.

After jokingly suggesting every NRL club was after him this week, he later conceded the Warriors were in the hunt.

Brisbane has already put a multi-year deal to Gillett's manager, but it's believed to be well shy of what the Warriors are offering.

"I might be making the transition across the ditch," Gillett told Fox Sports.

"I know it's been an ongoing thing, going on for a while.

"I hope I can stay here and things work out that way, but, if not, just got to move on."

Gillett earlier said it would be tough going to AAMI Park and celebrating his milestone against a side playing such great football as the Storm.

"They're such professionals on the field ... we will have to go down and play to our very best," he said. "They stick to their game plan for 80 minutes which a lot of teams don't do.

"They have Smithy (Cameron Smith) and (Cooper) Cronk, who lead them around and they never let up."

Gillett says his good mate Jack Reed continues to do all he can to get back on the field following a long lay-off with shoulder issues.

There have been unconfirmed reports Reed will be forced into premature retirement.

"He's still struggling to get his shoulder right again but he's working very hard," he said.

"He's 28, my age, he wants to keep going mate and he'll give it a crack."



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