Why I chose Broncos over Titans: Glenn
As the Broncos prepare for an elimination final clash against Gold Coast, Brisbane second-row forward Alex Glenn has revealed he turned down an offer from the Titans at the end of his schooling years, opting to go up the M1 instead.
The New Zealand international moved to the Gold Coast as a 14-year-old, playing rugby league for the Burleigh Bears.
But injury struck soon after, with the talented footballer suffering damage to his back that ruled him out for three years.
In that time Glenn turned to touch football, a sport he excelled at.
He was named to represent Australia at an under-20s level, and also for Queensland at an under-19s level, but he declined both so he could represent New Zealand in the future.
During this period he attended school on the Gold Coast, with his touch football skills helping him win the Miami State High School senior sportsperson of the year in 2005 and 2006.
In 2007 he made a return to rugby league and it wasn't long before NRL clubs showed interest.
Faced with the decision to choose between a career on the Gold Coast or a fresh start in Brisbane, Glenn chose the Broncos.
"The reason why I chose Brisbane is because of the history in this club," Glenn said.
"There have been so many quality players that have come through the club.
"For me it was all about developing myself.
"I'd been out of the game for a little while and I had a choice to make when the Titans and the Broncos both offered me a contract.
"I chose the Broncos because I thought Brisbane's recruitment and coaching staff could teach me a lot more up here."
It wouldn't be the last time the Titans approached the versatile Kiwi, with the club trying to sign Glenn in 2015 when he was off contract at the Broncos.
But Glenn re-signed with Brisbane in August of that year, and he told NRL.com that he has a lot more to learn under the teachings of Wayne Bennett.
"I could have gone to the Titans last year when I was off contract, but I thought I had a lot more to learn here," he said.
"I'm still growing as a player. I've been in first grade for about seven years, but I still have a lot of learning to do. The coaching staff here are perfect for me.
"I do like to be loyal. I think it's in my family's nature to show respect and be loyal."
Despite playing with the Broncos since 2008, Glenn only moved to Brisbane at the start of 2016.
Now with his future secure until at least the end of the 2017 season, Glenn is focused on spending more time with his family.
"I moved from the Gold Coast to Brisbane at the start of the year.
"I did it so I could spend more time with my son. I didn't want to be on the road all the time.
"I was making trips to and from the coast every day and that's four hours on the road that I could be spending with my newborn. It was a very easy decision to make."
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