League’s Alex Glenn in ‘historic’ breakthrough

Friday January 24, 2020 Written by Published in League
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Cook Islands rugby league skipper Alex Glenn has been named new club captain of Brisbane Broncos – the first non-Queenslander to lead the prestigious team.

Eleven years into his NRL career, Alex Glenn has been made the new club captain of the Brisbane Broncos.

The three-test Cook Islands veteran becomes the Broncos’ 12th skipper in its 32-year history, taking the reins from Darius Boyd, who has skippered the side since 2017, reports SportingNews.com.

NRL.com sports writer Joel Gould described the appointment as “historic”. “The post is considered the most prestigious in Queensland sport with Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Allan Langer and Kevin Walters the first four Brisbane captains.”

Since his 2009 debut for the Broncos, Glenn has gone on to play 259 games for the club and scored 56 tries. He has also played 12 tests for New Zealand and three tests for Cook Islands.

Cook Islands Rugby League president Charles Carlson said: “This is awesome for Alex and for all of us in the Cook Islands. He leads by example on and off the field and a good role model to our young players.”

Kukis league coach Tony Iro, who has known Glenn since he was a boy, added: “It is a measure of him as a person, first to have held such high standards at a marquee club for so many years, and secondly to be the first non-Queenslander to captain the club. He is a quality person.”

The 31-year-old admits he only ever dreamt of playing one NRL game for the Broncos, let alone being named captain of his boyhood club.

“I am so honoured to be named captain of this great club,” he said.

“When I arrived here as a teenager I was just hoping I could somehow get a chance to play in the NRL.

“To be sitting here as someone who has been named captain is simply mind-blowing.

“I want to thank all the members and fans who have shown me wonderful support over the past 12 years.

“I would also like to thank all my teammates and all my coaches who have contributed over that time.

“My only promise now is that I will do my very best to make all the wonderful players that have come before me proud of the Brisbane Broncos.”

Glenn, who recently inked a two-year extension with Brisbane until the end of 2021, captained Brisbane’s inaugural under 20s side in 2008 and has filled in as skipper of the first grade side during the State of Origin period. 

Broncos coach Anthony Seibold says Glenn has always been a leader at the club, making him a more than suitable candidate to take the full-time captaincy moving forward.

“Alex is a leader through his actions and has been a role model for our club for over a decade,” Seibold said.

“His consistency in his preparation and performance is an example to our group.

“Consistency is what we are all striving for, and he is an example of someone whose best performance and his worst performance are very close.

“He will represent our club in the highest regard both on and off the field.”

Along with Glenn being named skipper, Seibold has selected a new-look leadership group to carry the club forward into the future.

Darius Boyd, Matt Lodge, Patrick Carrigan, Tevita Pangai Jnr, Payne Haas and new signing Brodie Croft have all been included in the seven-man group.

The change in leadership comes in response to the Broncos' embarrassing end to last season, where they were wiped out by Parramatta in week one of the finals with a 58-0 thrashing.

It's long been speculated Boyd would be dumped from the captaincy role after personally struggling throughout 2019, with coach Seibold promising a number of on-field changes for the coming season.

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