Matt Gillett
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Bribie boys will stick with the Brisbane Broncos

They have been playing together since childhood and now expect to see out their careers at the Brisbane Broncos.

Bribie Island boys Matt Gillett and Jack Reed have re-signed with the club, English centre Reed inking a four-year extension and second-rower Gillett agreeing to stay at Red Hill until the end of 2016.

There was a touch of serendipity yesterday as the childhood mates, both 24, whose career paths had been so similar, both recommitted to the club.

They began playing together as 12-year-olds when Reed moved with his family from Ipswich to Bribie Island.

Both came through came through the Sunshine Coast-Gympie junior system, Gillett with Bribie Island and Reed with the Warrigals and Caboolture Snakes.

Both made late starts to their NRL careers after earning their chances through Intrust Super Cup club the Norths Devils.

Once they got their chance, however, they quickly stamped themselves as stars - Gillett won Dally M Rookie of the Year honours in 2010 and Reed made his international debut for England in 2011, his first year of first grade.

"Knowing that we are probably going to be together until the end of our careers, it's a good thing," Gillett said.

"Both of our families are back at Bribie.

"We get back there a fair bit together."

The pair's re-signing is a big boost following the loss of Corey Norman to Parramatta next season.

Striking up a powerful right-side combination with Justin Hodges and Lachlan Maranta, Gillett has made a super start to the season.

He has been mentioned as a possible Test bolter after a standout display - including one try, one line break, 40 tackles, 13 hit-ups and four offloads- against the Titans last weekend.

While neither was influenced by each other's contract negotiations, both expressed a desire to be one-club players.

Reed said: "Me and Gillo both knew we were up for re-signing and we talked about it, but we always knew that the Broncos was our main goal.

"We love this club and want to be a part of it and to stay here was always our intention."



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