Broncos captain Alex Glenn says honesty sessions between all the players about where they must improve has the side primed to put a complete performance together in the near future.
Glenn, who has always been a straight talker, is hoping that starts with Thursday night’s game against the Knights in Gosford where the Broncos will aim to arrest a three-game losing streak.
The veteran skipper returns from injury in the back row. In recent weeks he has spoken about the need for the squad to have the tough conversations about their performances and said that was certainly the case after the 20-18 loss to Manly.
"It started on Friday where we came in and threw some honesty out on the table and all the boys took it well," he said.
"I think since then if there is something going on or something we could be doing more at training in certain areas, everyone has been speaking up.
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"That is what we need from each other. We need some accountability and to have the tough conversations.
"Sometimes that might be hard to do and it might be confronting, but we are trying to build that trust."
The Broncos got it just about all wrong in the 59-0 loss to the Roosters in round four and they got it half right against Manly last week where they led 18-0 before being pipped by two points.
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"We didn’t start the second half against Manly the way we wanted to and that is something we want to rectify in our game, to make sure our first five or 10 minutes is our best because it sets the platform for the rest of the half."
It has been a frustrating start to Glenn’s inaugural year as captain.
He missed the opening two rounds with a leg injury and then had surgery after a gash in his leg in the round-three loss to the Eels.
"It has been testing. I try and look on the bright side of things and that everything happens for a reason but when [injuries] happen back-to-back it can be draining.
"I have my kids at home and no matter what happens at work they are happy to have dad home, and that definitely helps lift my spirits up."
When Kotoni Staggs tore a hamstring at training on Sunday, Glenn filled in at centre for the rest of the session but will line up in his preferred back-row position with Herbie Farnworth switching from wing to centre and Corey Oates returning to the flank.
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"With Kotoni going down we didn’t want to restructure too much of the side. We have that stability on the left and we can put players around Herbie on that right side.
"I take a lot of ownership on that left edge and I want to make sure we are strong throughout the field.”
New recruit Issac Luke trained with the top 17 on Wednesday and is set to come onto the bench with Tongan international Tesi Niu dropping off.
"It is a huge privilege to have him at this club," Glenn said.
"When I first met him in Kiwis camp in 2011 he told me that he had always wanted to play for the Brisbane Broncos so it is a dream come true for him."
Glenn said it was a huge boost to have Tevita Pangai jnr back from his latest suspension and the skipper was confident he would play with "controlled aggression" after having some honest conversations about where he must improve his discipline.