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'We need stability': Walters extension key to Red Hill rebuild - Glenn

Broncos captain Alex Glenn has endorsed an extension for rookie coach Kevin Walters to avoid further instability undermining Brisbane's bid to return to its glory days.

Walters's two-year deal expires at the end of next season, with the estimated $1 million, short-term contract bringing his future to the fore after a year of seismic change under his watch.

Glenn insists he is also yet to make a call on his own playing career amid expectations he will retire when Brisbane's season wraps up in a month's time.

Broncos officials declined to comment on any contract talks around their coach on Wednesday, pointing out that has another 12 months to run on his current deal.

Sources close to Walters believe the club is willing to extend that tenure to give him at least two more seasons to work with a revamped roster and salary cap alongside new CEO Dave Donaghy and football manager Ben Ikin.

His first six months as coach brought little progress from the dire depths plumbed by the club in recent years.

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But several wins on the recruitment and retention fronts are now starting to be matched by improved on-field results.

Walters has been effusive in his praise Ikin and Donaghy since their arrival, with key signings Adam Reynolds and Kurt Capewell coming alongside the releases of Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai jnr to rejig a top-heavy roster.

With extensions for the likes of Kotoni Staggs, Jordan Riki, Kobe Hetherington, Tyson Gamble, Selwyn Cobbo and Brendan Piukora also pointing to a brighter future, Glenn says backing Walters long-term would ensure Brisbane's rebuild remains on track.

"I think for our club we need a bit of stability," Glenn said when asked about Walters' future.

"We've had multiple changes of coaches the last five years and obviously when a new coach comes in the structures and everything just changes.

"There were so many challenges but I think our team has really bought in to how we want to play, how Kevvie's been structuring us on the field and we're obviously building, we're in good hands.

"I think the likes of Reynolds coming, Capewell coming, these boys are just going to bring so much more strength to our squad.

"It would be amazing to keep some stability around the club but at the end of the day it's not my department.

"I'm a footy player and I just go out there and play football."

Glenn is yet to decide if he will do just that in 2022, having already clocked up 281 appearances (fourth-most in Brisbane's history) for the only club he has ever known.

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The 33-year-old is yet to field a contract offer for next season from Brisbane, who already have back-rowers Capewell, Riki, Piakura and TC Robati on their books in 2022.

Glenn and his partner Jemma Morgan spoke to media on Wednesday to acknowledge the NRL's Women In League round, with Brisbane hosting the Roosters on Friday night.

The Broncos captain plans to make a call on his future only when the club's campaign wraps up, with improved performances of late and the prospect of that continuing in 2022 a factor in Glenn's thinking.

"I have had some sit downs with Kev and just been really open with him about how my body feels," he said.

"It feels great. I know I’m 33 and in footy terms, that is getting old, but I don’t feel that way.

"I am out there and the body feels amazing, it just comes down to being professional and ticking all the boxes leading into games. The main aspect for me is recovery.

"It (Brisbane’s improvement this season) definitely helps for sure.

"The confidence is going through the roof at headquarters and seeing the boys bouncing around and wanting to keep working, that’s what the Broncos used to be.

"Having some good signings will strengthen our squad and our club next year, so that fuels the flame for me."

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