Gill saying goodbye for now

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by Beth Newman

Liam Gill has not closed the door on a Super Rugby return, as he prepared to captain the Queensland Reds in his farewell game.

Gill is signed in France for the next two Top 14 seasons, a time frame he has said he is completely committed to, and Friday night’s clash with the Rebels will be his last Queensland match until at least 2018.

“We'll see (what happens after that),” he said.

“There's a lot of talk about that.

“As it stands I'll be gone for two years and then I'd love to see what happens moving forward.”

It’s unlikely Gill will be leaving until at least the end of the Rugby Championship, with Wallabies coach Michael indicating squad members going to Europe would all be required, as well as returned Test players from overseas.

Greg holmes will get a Brisbane farewell. Photo: Getty ImagesGill said there would be no shortage of significance in Friday night’s clash, with a handful of players playing their final Reds game and few have the possibility that Gill has of returning, including Anthony (Japan) and Saia Fainga’a (Brumbies), Ben Daley (Force) and Greg Holmes (Exeter).

“There's a lot of incentive,” he said.

“We've got a lot of respect to make back from last week and that just makes it a bit more fire in the belly for this week.

“We understand there's lot of players that we probably won't ever see back at the club and for them to have their last game - they've been stalwarts so the least we can do is throw everything at it and hopefully get the result tomorrow night.”

Gill’s battle with Sean McMahon, who has become the newest obstacle between Gill and another Wallabies cap, will be highly anticipated and the Reds flanker said he couldn’t wait to face off against his former Sevens teammate.

‘I'm good mates with him so it'll be fun out there,” he said.

“He's a physical player so he certainly doesn't miss.

“He's a very good player, he's led the Rebels well all year.

“It'll be good to have a little hit-out against Seanny tomorrow night.”

The Rebels beat the Reds in their round three clash. Photo: Getty ImagesCompetition points are almost irrelevant for the two sides, well out of finals contention long ago, but after yet another difficult season Gill said they wanted to claw back some respect.

“We've got to prove a lot, not only to ourselves but our fans,” he said.

“It's been a pretty tough season again so we understand the situation that not only the QRU are in but the team's in.

“For us to move forward and to try and find a bit of fight for next year we've got to put out a good performance tomorrow night.”

The Reds’ new coach will be appointed in the coming weeks, but unlike teammate Holmes, Gill wasn’t prepared to predict who the new mentor would be.

“I haven't been a part of any conversation,” he said.

“The two coaches we've got now have done a good job so if it's them I'll be super happy for them.

“If not, I've got absolutely no idea which way the organisation's going to go.”

The Reds take on the Rebels at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night at 7:40pm AEST, LIVE on FOXSPORTS.

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