Gillett should take the reins for QLD
With Cam Smith, Jonathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk all retiring from representative football, Queensland are heading into a new era for their State of Origin side following over a decade of domination. The question on everyone’s mind: who is going to lead the side for game one in Melbourne and for the years to come?
Billy Slater and Greg Inglis are basically the only two names that are being mentioned in the Queensland captaincy conversation. While I agree that these candidates are two of the greatest players to ever play the game, I believe that they could only be selected as captains of Queensland for the short term.
Three of the best players to have ever played for Queensland are all retiring at once after the state’s most dominant era of State of Origin football to date. They need to prepare for their next generation of players as they will be desperate to create their own legacy with a new set of stars.
I believe that Matt Gillett is the right man to lead Queensland until he retires from representative football.
However, the issue with this is that he has not played a match since round 5 after breaking his neck, meaning he will not be until, at the earliest, Game 2.
He is predicted to come back in between rounds 14-18, but he could be out for the whole series as a broken neck is not an injury that should be taken lightly.
Gillett is a man with experience; he has played 18 games for Queensland along with 12 caps for Australia. He is also a player that plays with his heart on his sleeve. He busts his gut every match making numerous tackles and running for plenty of metres doing much more than what is expected from him. He would be the perfect man to take over from Cameron Smith.
As a proud New South Welshman, I hope that Kevin Walters doesn’t make this decision as it would only help Queensland continue their dominance in State of Origin.