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Glenn eyes captaincy after injuries cruel career highlight

Broncos stalwart Alex Glenn wants another crack at the club captaincy after watching Brisbane slump to its first wooden spoon while he was sidelined by an unprecedented run of injuries.

New coach Kevin Walters has declared the Broncos leadership up for grabs as he looks to haul the club out of its 2020 mire.

The new coach has promised only that a decision won't be made until next month, and that he will appoint a sole skipper rather than a co-captaincy or leadership group model.

Walters has stressed his respect for Glenn's leadership during the most difficult of seasons, but is considering all options, including 2020 deputy Pat Carrigan and a surprise contender in Anthony Milford, before crowning the club's new captain.

Glenn, has put his hand up for the captain's armband again after hamstring and knee injuries, as well as nasty laceration that required surgery, limited him to just eight games as Brisbane's season, and Anthony Seibold's coaching reign went down the gurgler.

Broncos captain Alex Glenn and halfback Brodie Croft.
Broncos captain Alex Glenn and halfback Brodie Croft. ©Paul Barkley/NRL.com

"I feel like last year I didn't get that opportunity because I was pretty injury-prone unfortunately," Glenn said.

"It's something that I would really love another opportunity at but in saying that it's not going to dictate the person that I am on the field or on the training paddock.

"I'm still going to lead whether I've got the captaincy next to my name or not.

"At the end of the day it comes down to Kevvie. Kevvie's a very smart man, he's been around many successful clubs. He's been with the Queensland Origin team, he's been around true professional leaders.

"He's got to pick the leader he thinks is going to be best for the club this year and then long term. I'll support him whichever way he goes and the decision he makes, it's not going to dictate the person I am on and off the field."

Glenn went into 2020 with a reputation as one of the most durable forwards in Brisbane's proud history, having missed only 24 games from a possible 283, never playing less than 20 matches a year in the last 11 seasons.

Last year he missed 12 across the course of the season and only celebrated one win – a rare victory over Canterbury in which he copped an MCL tear from an illegal cannonball tackle.

Glenn, 32, is off-contract at the end of 2021 after almost joining Penrith last off-season before eventually nutting out a Broncos deal.

On Wednesday the club announced that their February 27 trial match against North Queensland will double as a testimonial to Glenn at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe.

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The move sparked suggestions Glenn will look to hang up the boots at season's end, but he said he had given his post-2021 plans little thought after his third child, Oakley, was born on Tuesday.

"I’ve not really [thought about retirement] at the moment because the last week, there has been so much going on with the missus and the baby," Glenn said.

"The next month leading into the testimonial, I’ll find myself reminiscing on the career that I’ve had.

"It’s just a huge opportunity to give back to the fans who have been there for me.

"I'm not saying this is going to be my last year – it's just going to be one of those things that will pan out throughout the year.

"I'm looking forward to ripping in with the boys and staying out on the field more than I did last year."