Glenn to play for his future with Broncos
NEW Zealand born Alex Glenn is a potential 300-game NRL player.
But at age 26, and approaching his 150-game milestone with Brisbane, he finds himself not only fighting for his place in the Broncos pack, but also having to prove to returning coach Wayne Bennett he is worth a new contract.
From a player who three or four years ago was touted as a possible club captain, it's a tough spot to find yourself in.
But as a man who has always earned his place and earned the respect of teammates and peers, it's not a place that worries Glenn, who knows the challenge ahead and what has to be done to give it his best shot.
"My mentality over the last couple of years, sometimes, when I'm tired, I sort of go into my shell, so I'm trying to take myself out of my comfort zone and push myself harder so my team-mates can trust me out on that field when I'm tired as well," he said.
In 2011, Glenn claimed the honour of being the youngest player to captain the Broncos in an NRL clash, leading the way against Canberra at the age of 22.
In Darren Lockyer's absence he scored a try and led Brisbane to a thrilling 25-24 golden-point win, before being selected to make his debut for New Zealand against Australia in the Four Nations series.
Brisbane has released a number of players in the off-season, such as Ben Barba, Martin Kennedy and Ben Hannant, and signed others including Anthony Milford and Adam Blair.
It has also extended the contracts of Ben Hunt and Josh McGuire, but is yet to open formal talks with Glenn.
It means he is suddenly playing for his future at the club this season under Bennett, who has an abundance of back-rowers and potential back-rowers in his roster.
Bennett has given him first crack at locking away a forwards spot, naming him, veteran Todd Lowrie and new signing James Gavet as his back-row three in tonight's trial against North Queensland in Mackay, when prop Hannant will come against the man who sacked him.
Glenn's work ethic can't be questioned and his team-mates will tell you they love playing alongside him.
That's the kind of attitude that will go down well with Bennett.