The Brisbane Broncos will have to start the search for a new captain with Alex Glenn confirming this NRL season will be his last.
The 33-year-old told teammates of his decision on Thursday morning before making the public announcement.
Glenn has played 282 NRL games, all for the Broncos, over his 13-season career which sees him retire a one-club man and the club’s fourth-most capped player of all time.
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He is a five-time winner of the Club’s Kevin Walters Award for Most Consistent Player, the most of any player in Broncos history.
Glenn also played 14 internationals – 12 for New Zealand and two for the Cook Islands, one of those as captain.
“It was always a dream come true to play for the Broncos, but to finish my career as a one-club player here is beyond anything I could have imagined,” Glenn said.
“There have been plenty of highs and lows but I have never taken for granted how special it is to be able to pull on the Broncos jersey.”
“The Broncos are a family and I feel like I have grown up here and I appreciate every player, coach and staff member that has helped me along that journey.
“My own beautiful family – Jemma and the kids Miller, Gisele and Oakley – are an inspiration to me and make me want to be a better man and father every day.
“Then there are the members and fans – they are the best in the game and there is no better feeling than playing in front of them at Suncorp Stadium.
“The Broncos have a bright future ahead, you can see that by the way we have turned things around this year, and I can’t wait to see this team grow and succeed in the years ahead.”
Broncos coach Kevin Walters said Glenn has been a workhorse for the club.
“Lex has played at a very high standard for a long time and led by example on and off the field,” Walters said.
“To be so consistent week-in, week-out since making his debut in 2009 is an incredible effort.
“He’s a true clubman and will always be remembered for his pride and passion in the Broncos jersey.”
Broncos CEO Dave Donaghy also paid tribute to Glenn’s longevity and leadership.
“It’s fitting that Alex will finish his career as a one-club player with the Broncos,” said Donaghy.
“He is a great team person and his consistent hard work over the past 13 years have not only allowed him to stay at the top but also served as a fantastic example to young players coming through.
“Alex is loved across the entire club and has always been a favourite of our members and fans – I’m sure we’re all looking forward to giving him the send-off that he deserves in coming weeks.”
Broncos fans will have a chance to farewell the club legend in the side’s final home game of the year at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, September 4.
The fourth most capped Bronco of all time, a role model on and off the field and a Bronco for life.
Thank you for everything, Lex ❤️#ThanksLex
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) August 18, 2021