Matt Gillett was meant to be having post-season shoulder surgery, but instead he is charged with helping Australia regain its world No.1 ranking
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Matt Gillett has shrugged off the spectre of post-season shoulder surgery and is set to play a key role in Australia's quest to regain its ranking as rugby league's No.1 nation.
After struggling with a shoulder complaint for the latter stages of the NRL season, the star Brisbane back-rower was booked in for surgery this month.
But on closer inspection by a specialist the injury was not as bad as initially feared and after some rest and recuperation the 28-year-old was chosen in Mal Meninga's 24-man Four Nations squad.
Gillett will play his third Test against New Zealand in Perth on Saturday.
"We have been out of footy for a while. I had a good break (and) the rest has been very good for the injury," Gillett told AAP.
"It is a big relief. You don't want to end the season getting surgery so I am over the moon about that not happening.
"I am very excited for Saturday night and for the Four Nations tour. I can't wait to get over there."
Rated by some as the world's best forward, Gillett has only recently returned to the gym and contact work but is adamant he won't be underprepared against the Kiwis.
"I was able to maintain the injury through the year and now the rest has really made it good again. There are no dramas there at all," he said.
"I have to keep working on it. But it has all come along really well and I am confident of doing the job I need to do on Saturday."