Kiwi mates offer Glenn grand final advice
Blink and you'll miss it. No not the recent super moon lunar eclipse – Grand Final week.
That was the message delivered to Broncos back-rower Alex Glenn by a couple of Kiwi mates who were in his position 12 months ago.
Having qualified for his first NRL decider in what will be Brisbane's seventh grand final appearance, Glenn wants to savour every moment of the build-up towards the biggest game of his career.
Glenn received congratulatory phone calls from former Rabbitohs stars Issac Luke and Ben Te'o after Brisbane's 31-12 preliminary final win over the Sydney Roosters.
Both Luke and Te'o were involved in South Sydney's 2014 Grand Final preparations, albeit with Luke missing out on the big dance through suspension, and their advice was simple.
"I spoke to Ben and Issac on the weekend and they said just to soak it all in," Glenn told NRL.com.
"There's a lot going on and sometimes you'll feel a bit tired, but they told me it's the best week of your life.
"The week can go by very quickly and before you know it Sunday is upon us so I'm just taking every day as it comes."
Born in Auckland but having lived on the Gold Coast since he was 14, Glenn's only big-game experience to date was coming off the bench for New Zealand in the 2013 World Cup Final.
The 27-year-old recently re-signed with the Broncos in a deal keeping him at Red Hill until 2017, which could prove to be a worthwhile piece of business based on his performances this season.
Despite playing in every one of Brisbane's 25 games last season, Glenn previously admitted that 2014 wasn't the best of his seven-season career.
However, the Northcote Tigers junior has scaled new heights this year under the guidance of Wayne Bennett.
The 167-game veteran has increased his average metres and tackles in 2015 – he is up seven metres to 126 metres per game and is averaging an extra two tackles over the course of his usual 80 minutes of playing time.
While Glenn has upped his output, the combination he has formed with off-season recruit Anthony Milford on the left edge of attack has been even more important to Brisbane's premiership charge.
Well-spoken and an ultimate professional, Brisbane's former under-20s skipper and one-time vice-captain is leaving no stone unturned as he prepares for Sunday's all-Queensland decider against the Cowboys.
"I'm focussed on ticking off all the boxes this week and training hard to make sure my preparation is on point," he said.
"I don’t want to be going into this game with any hesitations or thinking I haven’t done enough to prepare well.
"I know it's a very busy week and there's a lot going on, but my focus is on training and preparing hard so I can have every bit of confidence in myself that I can get the job done on Sunday."