Lockyer hopeful Gillett won't retire
Darren Lockyer is hopeful Matt Gillett will regain full fitness and avoid retirement, nominating the veteran NRL backrower as a possible Brisbane captain.Lockyer would not confirm a News Ltd report on Wednesday that the Broncos were bracing for Gillett to end his 10-season career due to niggling injuries.
Brisbane Broncos CEO Paul White has reignited debate over polarising prop Matt Lodge’s captaincy credentials after refusing to confirm incumbent Darius Boyd will keep the job in 2020.
A report in September suggesting coach Anthony Seibold and members of the Broncos board were considering.
Broncos legendif Lodge was handed the captain’s armband.
Brisbane Broncos legend Darren Lockyer responds to rumours of Matt Gillett retirement
Brisbane Broncos veteran Matt Gillett's future is up in the air after rumours of an impending retiremenet - but club director and legend Darren Lockyer doesn't feel that the end is here just yet. The 31-year old has struggled with injuries in the past 12-18 months, and it appears as though the years of punishment on his body has taken its toll. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
, labelling the 24-year-old a ‘drunken thug’, while NRL greats Billy Slater and Paul Gallen also declared Lodge isn’t NRL captaincy material.
Lodge has been a model citizen since former coach Wayne Bennett signed him in 2018, playing 47 games for the Broncos.
But he remains a highly controversial figure following his infamous 2015 rampage in New York.
White lauded Boyd, who begins the 2020 season under serious pressure after a disastrous 2019 campaign that saw him widely criticised and urged to retire.
But the CEO’s effusive praise of Lodge in an interview withis certain to spark renewed speculation about the front-rower’s chances of captaining the club.
White insisted the leadership roles will be decided during the pre-season but lauded Lodge, declaring he has ‘leadership qualities’ and is a ‘remarkable story for our club’.
Lodge was a member of the Broncos’ five-man leadership group in 2019.
It is understoodif the club offers him the job.
But the debate will continue to rage until the Broncos make an official captaincy announcement in the coming months.
Breakers boss takes stand over punishment .
GM Matt Walsh believes he was unfairly stung for his stoush with the ANBL commissioner.He was also fined $5000 after a verbal stoush with the league's commissioner at Saturday's game against the South East Melbourne Phoenix.