Glenn getting back to his best

Glenn getting back to his best

He may not receive the same plaudits as his star back-row teammate Matt Gillett but an unsung hero has emerged as a crucial cog in the Broncos' charge towards the finals. 

Alex Glenn is in close to career-best form, rediscovering his role as a hole-runner on Brisbane's left edge while working as hard as ever to help five-eighth Anthony Milford in defence. 

The 29-year-old's past two months of football have been superb, running for over 100 metres in seven of his past eight games and in the process becoming the Broncos' new 80-minute man. 

His performance in Brisbane's most recent victory was outstanding, scoring two tries and making 41 tackles in his side's 24-12 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons. 

"The body is feeling good. I am taking ownership and wanting to bring a lot of energy to the team," Glenn told NRL.com about his current form.

"I'm trying to do my role on the left edge as best as I can. I don't think about stats or trying to get my carries up. 

"When times are tough and we're trying to get out of our end then I try and take that extra carry for the team. It comes down to my energy and wanting to put in as much as I can for the team."

 


Broncos coach Wayne Bennett, who has seen the best and worst of Glenn over the years, said he was close to getting back to his best.

Bennett recruited Glenn to the club as a teenager, with the New Zealand international producing some of his best football in his debut year at the club in 2009. 

Glenn has since struggled to replicate that breakout season, but Bennett believes Brisbane fans are now starting to see the best of the versatile forward.

"Alex has taken some ownership out there for the first time in his career and he's making a real difference. He's been very good. I'm pleased you noticed how well he's been playing," Bennett said.

"All of a sudden he realised he had a lot more to offer the team than he thought he had. He was very good in his first year and I think he's getting towards that level."

Glenn's form has been rewarded, signing on with the Broncos for another two years meaning he will remain in Brisbane until at least the end of the 2019 season. 

It is the ideal situation for Glenn who is loving life on and off the field in Brisbane. 

"It was a massive relief for me knowing that we will be here for another couple of years," Glenn said.  

"It's great for my kids. The last thing I want to be doing at the end of the year is moving location with a young family. 

"It was great to put pen to paper and cement my spot here. I'm now focused on playing some consistent football. 

"It definitely helps being happy and secure off the field. I have a good balance of football and family. My kids are great, my family is great and my footy is great."