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Finals drubbing 'hit deep in soul' but a distant memory, insists Glenn

Broncos skipper Alex Glenn insists last season's 58-0 finals loss to Parramatta has not been a topic worth mentioning this week despite the result being used as motivation over the summer.

Glenn will make the 260th appearance in the NRL, his first officially as captain, when the Broncos host the Eels at Suncorp Stadium in their rematch from that horror afternoon in September.

He said on Wednesday a win would "definitely help" ease the pain of the club's 2019 finals exit but players weren't out to chase revenge.

"It was a game that players and fans will never forget," Glenn said.

"It was a long off-season, let's put it that way, to finish the season the way we did. It was something that hit deep in the soul.

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"[A win] would definitely help [ease the pain], I would be wrong if I was to say we're over that loss.

"We are still hurting but in saying that we're not using it as a main focus going into this game.

"There's no revenge, it's all about picking up where we left off from round two. To be honest, we used that as motivation to strive for success in our pre-season. We never wanted that to happen again.

"We used that as ammunition and fire to fuel the flame inside us to make sure that every training session and rep that we're doing we're competing to the best that we can and to never give up on our teammates."

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The NRL's season suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a nagging hamstring injury, delayed Glenn's captaincy achievement of leading the club after his appointment was announced in January.

He will join a legendary list of players who have led the club, including Wally Lewis, Allan Langer, Darren Lockyer and Gorden Tallis.

"Those guys are legends to me and they're the ones who laid the foundations for the Broncos today," Glenn said.

"I'll be fighting some emotions when I run out. It's still a moment of leading the boys out in a competition that I've only dreamed of playing in once. I've played over 250 games now."

The 31-year-old's only disappointment will come at the prospect of not having family and friends join him physically for the occasion, particularly children Miller and Giselle.

"When I pictured the moment after I was announced captain it was me running onto the field with both Mil and Giselle on my arms," Glenn said.

"It's going to be very different not having anyone there. Obviously with the circumstances in play now that can't happen but there's still going to be a lot of eyes watching the footy tomorrow night.

"We're the first sport being televised and the whole nation, New Zealand and England are going to be watching. It will still be a huge occasion, just the atmosphere won't be there."

Glenn declared Broncos teammate Matt Lodge would start from the bench after getting through captain's run on Wednesday.

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