Wayne Bennett won’t be the only Broncos coach Alex Glenn will be out to impress this NRL pre-season.
Glenn, 26, hopes to prove his worth to the returning master mentor to stake a long term captaincy claim, after being nominated by veteran Justin Hodges as a future skipper.
But the New Zealand forward will also keep one eye on Bennett’s assistant Stephen Kearney in a bid to reignite his international career in next year’s Anzac Test.
In a potentially awkward moment, New Zealand coach Kearney will soon reunite with Glenn at the Broncos after the forward was cut from his Kiwi Four Nations squad.
Glenn missed out despite being named Most Consistent Player of 2014 at the Broncos – where Kearney is an assistant.
“I got over the fact that I didn’t make the team pretty quickly,” Glenn told AAP.
“You just have to move on and not hold grudges.
“All I can do is make that motivate me to train harder and be a better player next year – that’s what I am using.
“The goal is to make the Anzac Test next year – and that starts now.”
Bennett has rarely been sighted at Broncos training to date but he is not far from Glenn’s thoughts.
Especially after the likes of Ben Barba, Josh Hoffman, Ben Hannant and Martin Kennedy were quickly cut upon Bennett’s arrival.
“When you see players leaving the club it makes you a bit nervous,” he said.
“I didn’t see it coming.
“And there were mixed emotions. I worked really close with (former coach) Anthony Griffin for the last five, six years.
“In saying that I am just as excited to work under Wayne Bennett.
“My mentality is a lot stronger this year. I want to prove myself to my teammates and to Wayne – my goal is to be holding up that trophy.”
That mentality will help secure the future captaincy after Hodges nominated Glenn and Andrew McCullough as the club’s next long term leaders.
“It’s a great rap to be recognised by your peers but I won’t get too far ahead of myself,” said Glenn, who became Brisbane’s youngest skipper at 22 in 2011 filling in for Darren Lockyer.
“I have to keep being a leader on the training paddock before I worry about taking responsibility on it.
“(But) it (captaincy) would mean everything.
“This is the only club I have been to. The history of this club is what brought me here.
“It comes down to how bad I want it, and how much I put in to ensure I do get it.”