Glenn targets new deal to join Broncos 300-game club
Alex Glenn has declared his intention to play on beyond his current contract and join an exclusive club to have played 300 games for the Brisbane Broncos.
The 29-year-old back-rower is off contract at the end of next season and has played 223 Telstra Premiership games for the Broncos, placing him 10th on the all-time list.
Darren Lockyer (355 games) and Corey Parker (349) are the only Broncos to have reached the milestone and Glenn intends to join them.
"I still believe I have got more in the tank and that hunger and passion, so playing 300 games here is in my sights and is something that I would love to achieve," Glenn told NRL.com.
"Darren Lockyer and Corey Parker have done it and Sam Thaiday [on 285 games] is so close.
"I debuted with Locky in 2009 and he threw me [the pass for] my first career try at Mt Smart. He is a legend of this club and never stopped competing so I want to get to that 300 mark. I know it is going to mean doing all the one-per-centers off the field and that it isn't going to just be handed to me because I have so many younger players behind me competing for my position.
"I am at the back end of my career so I have to make sure my body is feeling great week-in and week-out and that I am still competing as hard as I can."
Glenn is a proud footballer and knows he cannot afford to repeat his display in the round-one loss to St George Illawarra, a performance that caused him to reassess his attitude.
"I was highly embarrassed about that game and with my personal performance," he said.
"I made a commitment after that to myself that I won’t ever toss that up again.
"I went in a bit comfortable and thinking we would get the win easy, a bit too over-confident to be honest. Ever since I’ve made sure I am really humble going into every game and competing really hard on the field so that I can walk off and look my teammates in the eye knowing I did my job.”
Glenn, who has played 12 Tests for the Kiwis, hasn’t played for New Zealand since 2015 and with a new coach set to be appointed hasn’t given up hope of reviving his international career.
"That goal is always going to burn bright, but I don’t take it personally that I haven’t made the squad in a few years because there have been some better players in better form than me," he said.
"I reckon Benji Marshall deserves a spot because he has been playing some good football. Age is just a number. If Benji is in that squad he will add to the culture and I’d love to be a part of it.
"We’ve just got to wait and see who is going to be the coach and what sort of team he wants in the future, but all I can do is control what I do on the field."