Every player suffers from it in some shape or form, and it’s often irreversible no matter how hard they try to ensure it does not happen. It is just one of those things that players have to ensure only happens a few times.

That is, the second year syndrome. A dreaded phenomenon in NRL circles whereby players who have the year of their lives in their first season in the NRL, feel perhaps somewhat jaded, as teams read their game, and do what they can to stop the player from emulating their past success.

For Broncos utility Matt Gillett, he is doing whatever he can to ensure that he doesn’t suffer from it.

Tipping the scales at 104kg, not only is Gillett well built and well suited to the role of second row, but he is also remaining level-headed about his season as he enters the Queensland Emerging Origin Squad.

“I’ve heard of that second-year stuff, I’ve had a chat to a few of the boys about it,” said Gillett, who scored 12 tries from 21 games in his debut year in 2010.

“It’s not something I’m worrying too much about, but in saying that I don’t want to drop off at this stage of my career.

“There’s a fair bit of pressure on at the club. There’s a couple of backrowers wanting positions so that has kept me on my toes and made me train a bit harder. Dane Carlaw is back so he’s another guy wanting a spot.

“Opponents are going to be more aware of me after what I did last year.”

Whilst Gillett brings great utility value to the Broncos, ultimately, he would hope that he can finish his career with the Broncos and in the forwards.

By ricky

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