Broncos pack reshuffle likely for Round 2
The Brisbane Broncos are facing a forward pack reshuffle heading into Friday night's clash against the New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium.
The club today announced that Jordan Kahu would miss two to four weeks with a hamstring injury, meaning that Alex Glenn will now shift to left centre.
Glenn is no stranger to the position, with the 27-year-old making the move to left centre late in the first half of Brisbane's Round 1 victory against Parramatta.
Broncos captain Corey Parker says although Kahu is a huge loss, Glenn's experience in the position will be invaluable come Friday night.
"It's just a soft tissue injury to Kahu. He'll be given the right treatment and adequate time to recover," Parker said.
"I was hearing four weeks but hopefully he can be back earlier than that. You don't want to rush players back because it's a long season.
"Glenn filled in at centre the other night when Kahu went off injured. If Wayne thinks that is the best thing for the side then I'm sure Alex will do a fine job. He has the ability to fill that role and he's done that for us before.
"It feels like the Warriors get bigger the further they go out. It's always a physical game when you play the Warriors. They are going to push off the back fence and run as hard as they can. You need to be committed and Glenn's defence in the backline won't go astray."
Glenn's move to centre means it is likely Sam Thaiday will start at second-row, with Caleb Timu to be promoted to the bench.
If Timu is named on the bench it will be his NRL debut, a feat two years in the making after leaving his rugby league career in 2014 to pursue a Mormon mission.
Jack Reed will again be absent from the Broncos' line-up as he continues his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery, with the 27-year-old likely to return in Round 3 when Brisbane travels to Penrith.
Parker says Bennett won't rush Reed back this early in the season.
"Reed is a quality footballer as you know and it would be great to have him there but it's only Round 2," he said.
"We don't want to bring Reed back right now if he isn't ready to go. The medical staff will make the decision on him and they'll do so with caution."