I reckon Alex Glenn will bow out of the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium against the Knights on Saturday afternoon having earned a place amongst the club’s most loyal servants...
Unfortunately, he never got the chance to establish himself as one of its great captains due to a combination of injury and having been handed the reins at the start of the worst period in Broncos’ history. As a player Glenn never gave less than 100 per cent effort in 285 games. Off-field he was a credit to himself and the club; a dedicated family man whose reputation was never smeared by even a hint of controversy.
While he tried his heart out during his stint as team captain, things did not go his way. In 2020, when the Broncos slumped to its only wooden spoon, he managed to get on the field for just five matches.
This season, while playing the majority of games, he has been at the heart of the club’s improved showing under coach Kevvie Walters but will not be around next season and beyond to be part of the expected Broncos’ resurgence. Which raises the million-dollar question: who should lead the Broncos for 2022 and beyond?
Too many – me included - the obvious answer is incoming halfback Adam Reynolds. The highest points-scorer in South Sydney history, Reynolds is a natural leader who has captained the Rabbitohs for the past two seasons. He has been brought to the Broncos to lead the team around the field so it makes sense that he should have the ‘C’ next to his name.
On the downside is the added pressure the captaincy will place on the newcomer to the club. Reynolds might be a premiership winner and veteran of over 280 games, but he has never experienced anything like the media attention that he will attract in the game’s biggest one-team-town.
There are also those who believe the captaincy of Queensland’s rugby league flagship should not be handed to a NSW Blue – especially one who is yet to play a single game in a Broncos jersey. They would rather the honour go to Jake Turpin or Pat Carrigan.
If the “no-Blues allowed” rule is to be relaxed, there is support for 21-year-old Payne Haas who has played his entire 60-game career with the Broncos and is expected to soon sign a long-term contract extension, as opposed to 31-year-old Reynolds who is committed to just three seasons.
I reckon if Kevvie, football manager Ben Ikin and CEO Dave Donaghy are fair dinkum about kick-starting a new era for the Broncos from next season Adam Reynolds as captain is a no-brainer.
What do YOU reckon?
Agree: Reynolds is the only choice. He has been signed by the Broncos to give the team the direction and experience it has been lacking. It makes no sense to then give the captaincy to someone else.
Disagree: Walters, Ikin and Donaghy talk about rebuilding culture. You don’t do that by handling the captaincy to an import who has only been around for five minutes. It has to go to a someone who has wanted to be a Bronco for as long as they can remember.