The Courier-Mail

Glenn almost joined Panthers

- PETER BADEL

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).

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