Matt Gillett. The Brisbane Broncos training at Red Hill. Pic Peter Wallis
Matt Gillett. The Brisbane Broncos training at Red Hill. Pic Peter Wallis

Gillett: The Broncos pack has no excuses

Matt Gillett says there's no excuse for the Broncos' forward pack to not perform well this year as he prepares for a move into the lock position.

The Broncos' enforcer played in the No.13 jersey last weekend against the Gold Coast Titans during his first game back from a serious neck injury.

Gillett is a Queensland and Australian second-rower but is expected to line up in the unfamiliar lock position when the Broncos play the Melbourne Storm next Thursday night.

He said he handled his first game back "pretty well" but admitted the change in position will take some time to get used to.

"I prefer to be an edge player but the way that things are looking, I might be in the middle there," he said.

"It's a change again but it's something that I'm pretty excited about. I've been stuck on that edge for a while now and this new role in the middle might be good for me. A bit more experience, a bit more hands on the ball and bit more involvement through the middle of the park. It's something I'm looking forward to.

"It's a bit different in the middle. Obviously out on the edge, there's more time to rest and take back and look at the game. Whereas in the middle, you've got to always have your hands on the ball (in the middle) you're always moving and finding roles for your halves and do it well. It's just getting used to being on the ball a bit more and obviously being alive for every play is a big change."

He said the depth and versatility of the young Broncos' forward pack this season meant there was no excuse not to perform well.

"Across the park, anyone can fill the back row, the lock position, the middle forward," he said.

"We've got some versatility there as a group so we can chop and change there if we need to. As a side, there's no excuses not to perform well as a forward pack. We've got plenty of depth there. We just need to nail it."

The Broncos are preparing for the season opener against the Melbourne Storm next Thursday night down in Victoria.