Broncos second-rower Matt Gillett has today announced that he has re-signing with the club on a four-year deal.
While the contract will likely see the 29 year old Gillett finish his NRL career at the Broncos, the length the contract and reported financial commitment from the Broncos ($750,000 a season), doesn’t seem a smart decision by the club.
Objectively, Gillett’s on field performances in recent seasons has been poor. While the New South Wales born second-rower can come up with a big hit now and then, it doesn’t compensate for the number of tackles he misses (a shocking average of 4 a game over the past two seasons) and his lack of run metres for an 80 minute player (a disappointing average of 87 metres per match over the past two season).
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To be blunt, Gillett’s re-signing seems like a waste of precious cap space by the Broncos.
I’m really hoping the Broncos don’t lose the soon to be off contract Oates, Lodge and Pangai Jnr because of the amount of cap space tied up in the persistently underperforming Gillett, Glenn, Bird and McCullough.