Keeping Gillett a challenge for Brisbane

Brisbane CEO Paul White admits keeping in-demand backrower Matt Gillett at the NRL club will be a challenge.

One of the few major NRL stars still on the open market, Gillett is being courted by cashed up Sydney clubs.

It is believed the 27-year-old is in Sydney Roosters’ sights.

And there are reports another Sydney club has offered a deal worth $250,000 more a season than his current Broncos contract.

White was not surprised the veteran of 12 State of Origin games was in demand.

But he hoped to keep the backrower after watching Gillett come through the Broncos’ junior ranks.

“Matt has come through our system,” White said.

“He’s been at the club a long time and has started the year great.

“We will work really hard with Matt and his management to see if we can keep him.”

But White added: “It’s a constant challenge.

“There’s no shortage of suitors for players at our club.

“Matt will have the same opportunities but we hope to keep him at our club.”

Gillett will again be a key for Brisbane when they line up against reigning premiers North Queensland in the NRL grand final re-match at a packed Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

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