Glenn almost joined Panthers
IT WAS the sliding doors moment that saved Alex Glenn’s career at the Broncos.
Officially crowned as Brisbane’s full-time captain for the 2021 premiership, Glenn (pictured) will lead the Broncos out in their final pre-season trial against the Cowboys tonight, which doubles as his testimonial to honour a glittering 267-game career.
But if not for a freak injury involving his former teammate Matt Gillett, Glenn would be living a very different life some 940km away at the Panthers.
It was 2019 and Gillett had just inked a rich four-year deal with the Broncos. It left no room in the salary cap for the off-contract Glenn, who was so resigned to finding a new home he flew to Sydney for talks with Penrith officials.
But when Gillett dropped a bombshell by retiring at the end of 2019 after a battle with neck and shoulder injuries, Glenn received a stay of execution. In his heart, he never wanted to be lost to the Broncos.
Within months, Darius Boyd was then sacked as captain, catapulting Glenn from the outhouse to the Broncos penthouse as skipper.
“That was two years ago that I nearly left,” Glenn says ahead of his testimonial at Redcliffe’s Dolphin Stadium.
“That’s part of this business. There is always that uncertainty in this game of whether you will get a new contract or have to move on.
“I thought I was gone. I went down to Penrith and checked out the club. I met their CEO and the Panthers were great blokes. They offered me a twoyear contract and at that time I had nothing on the table from the Broncos, so it looked a certainty that I was moving down.”
Glenn needs just eight more games to leapfrog Michael Hancock (274) and become the fourth most-capped Bronco in history, behind only Darren Lockyer (355), Corey Parker (347) and Sam Thaiday (304).