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Alex Glenn has retained the Broncos' captaincy for 2021 in a show of faith by Kevin Walters leading into the veteran's testimonial match at Redcliffe on Saturday night.

The 267-gamer endured a difficult first season in charge of the Broncos last year with the side falling to bottom of the Telstra Premiership ladder and ultimately leading to Walters taking over from Anthony Seibold.

However, Walters has stood by Glenn, the longest-serving player at the club, to guide the side's progress this year.

"It was a tough year for the club last year in many ways and the captaincy position for Alex as well, but this year we're going to make it a great season for him," Walters said.

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"He typifies what a Broncos player is and every week gives his all regardless of who he's playing and where he's playing.

"Off the field, he's a great dad and family person. He's got a lot of respect for the people in the community and is squeaky clean behaviour-wise as well.

"We want to get around and support him to give him a year to remember. I was fortunate throughout my career to captain the Broncos and I want Alex to enjoy those same experiences."

Glenn captained the Broncos on eight occasions in 2020 but was cruelled by hamstring and knee injuries.

"There were a lot of hard lessons [last year], it was very frustrating each week to go out there and still not come up with the two points," Glenn said. 

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"We [finished] the lowest with the wooden spoon but that's got to fuel your flame to come out and get some respect back, to go out and compete with the best."

The Broncos will celebrate Glenn's career, which will extend into a 13th NRL season this year, in their final trial outing against the Cowboys at Dolphin Stadium.

Walters is looking to finalise a line-up for round one against Parramatta with question marks remaining around the halves and backline combination.

Broncos playmaker Anthony Milford (hand) and outside back Herbie Farnworth (chest) will miss the clash but Walters expected both to be available for round one.

"It's a really important game for us in many ways, so we need to draw a line in the sand, and where that line is going to be is up to the playing group," Walters said.

"We've had a great pre-season and are happy with where we are. It's the first real game for us but a lot of focus has gone into it. 

"All pre-season our focus has been on our defence and building that trust amongst the playing group. We'll get a good reflection of where we're at."

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