NEWS Alex Glenn reveals worry over possible one-year Broncos contract

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Alex Glenn reveals worry over
possible one-year Broncos contract



Peter Badel,
The Courier-Mail
September 4, 2019 3:35pm


Alex Glenn has spoken of the stress of being in contractual limbo on the eve of the finals as the Brisbane veteran faces the prospect of a $300,000 pay cut to finish his career at the Broncos. Glenn celebrates a special milestone when he equals Broncos halfback legend Allan Langer’s tally of 258 first grade games in Saturday night’s final round clash with the Bulldogs at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.


delicate

But whether Glenn can survive long enough to become the fourth Bronco in history to play 300 NRL games hinges on delicate contract negotiations that have dragged out for the past four months.

Is there still a place for Glenn in Seibold’s young Broncos? Photo: Jono Searle/Getty Images

Is there still a place for Glenn in Seibold’s young Broncos? Photo: Jono Searle/Getty Images


anguish

The Broncos are prepared to consider a two-year extension for Glenn, but the 31-year-old may have to soldier on at a reduced rate of $250,000 a season, a fair downgrade on his current $400,000 salary. With the Broncos having outlaid more than $4 million in recent months to retain Matt Lodge, Tevita Pangai Jr and Jake Turpin, plus with Origin star Corey Oates awaiting a new deal, Brisbane have to cut costs somewhere on their roster.Glenn and Oates are the only Broncos NRL regulars still without a contract for next season and the former Kiwi Test utility admits he can’t put his family through the emotional anguish of a short-term deal.

stressing out

“I don’t want a one-year deal, 100 per cent,” said Glenn, who joins Langer in equal fifth spot on Brisbane’s all-time appearances list this week. “I don’t want to be doing this (playing for a contract) next year. Mentally, it takes a lot out of you. “I have been lucky that I have been around the game for a long time now and I can deal with that stuff (playing off-contract), but my other half (Jemma), she is stressing out. “My partner doesn’t know where we are going and we have young kids, so we need to be able to prepare for things. “It’s hard. I don’t want to go through all this uncertainty again next year.”

It’s been a long journey with Brisbane for Glenn.

It’s been a long journey with Brisbane for Glenn.

While the Broncos have been buffeted by speculation their boom back-rower David Fifita could attract $1 million offers, it is easy to forget Glenn will go into next week’s playoffs without a home in 2020. Past generations of Broncos greats have faced Glenn’s financial predicament. Brisbane’s most-capped player, 355-game icon Darren Lockyer, earned $700,000 at his peak, but played for just $200,000 in his farewell season in 2011. Broncos front row legends Shane Webcke and Petero Civoniceva never earned more than $350,000 annually at Brisbane, forcing Civoniceva to continue his NRL career at Penrith.


loyalty

Glenn says the prospect of winning a premiership in the coming years with Brisbane’s emerging batch of superstars is appealing, but admits his loyalty could come at a price.

Glenn has been around long enough to know his value is dropping. Photo: AAP Image/Darren England

Glenn has been around long enough to know his value is dropping. Photo: AAP Image/Darren England


trying

“Don’t worry about David Fifita, give me a contract,” Glenn said with his trademark grin. “It is a carrot (to stay), to know a premiership isn’t far away. “That has been my mindset my whole career. I’ve been trying to help this club win a premiership and we came close in 2015. I do believe we can get there very soon, if not this year. “That is going to be on my mind when I make decisions with my next contract, but first and foremost I have to look after my family.

to feel good

“Premiership rings would look good on my hand and it’s going to feel good for myself, but I have to look after my family as well. “It’s reassuring to know the Broncos do want me, but we need to come to an agreement about the years and the salary as well.”

 
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With the Broncos having outlaid more than $4 million in recent months to retain Matt Lodge, Tevita Pangai Jr and Jake Turpin,
hang on a second ... is Badel really trying to say that we spent 4 million (a season, a least that is what he is implying) on Turpin, Lodge and TPJ ... what are they all on well over a million a season

Past generations of Broncos greats have faced Glenn’s financial predicament. Brisbane’s most-capped player, 355-game icon Darren Lockyer, earned $700,000 at his peak, but played for just $200,000 in his farewell season in 2011. Broncos front row legends Shane Webcke and Petero Civoniceva never earned more than $350,000 annually at Brisbane, forcing Civoniceva to continue his NRL career at Penrith.
Past generation's have had a different salary cap and rules surrounding it to deal with, you dickhead, stop trying to compare them
 

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hang on a second ... is Badel really trying to say that we spent 4 million (a season, a least that is what he is implying) on Turpin, Lodge and TPJ ... what are they all on well over a million a season



Past generation's have had a different salary cap and rules surrounding it to deal with, you dickhead, stop trying to compare them
He's clearly saying more than $4m total, not per year.
 

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800k a season for Jack Bird to keep the couch seat warm Vs 400k for Glenn the work horse. I'd give Glenn 800k for *3 years, bargain! *must play at least 15 games a season clause
 
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I just can't get the "I've got to look after my family " line. It's not like you can't do it on $250 k , I mean ****, most families would kill for that. If you can't set yourself up for life after footy, especially after 8+ seasons then your doing something wrong.
- Merged

Bird was beginning to play to his salary before he was injured. He was seriously good at the start of the season.
Yet he kept dropping the ball over the line and butchered a few more tries. He was looking better but not even close to $800k worth.
 
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So if we apply the Badel logic here

"Broncos stars declare Fifita shouldn't be re-signed"

On a serious note, give Glenn two years. He's worth every fucking cent of 250-300k. He's been our most consistent performer over 10 years, dead set. Can anyone name a player who has been as reliable as him over his career with us during the last 10 years?
 
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I just can't get the "I've got to look after my family " line. It's not like you can't do it on $250 k , I mean ****, most families would kill for that. If you can't set yourself up for life after footy, especially after 8+ seasons then your doing something wrong.
I think he was talking more about potentially having to up and move, to some as-yet unkown place, after a year. He says "my other half (Jemma), she is stressing out. “My partner doesn’t know where we are going and we have young kids, so we need to be able to prepare for things."
 
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So if we apply the Badel logic here

"Broncos stars declare Fifita shouldn't be re-signed"

On a serious note, give Glenn two years. He's worth every fucking cent of 250-300k. He's been our most consistent performer over 10 years, dead set. Can anyone name a player who has been as reliable as him over his career with us during the last 10 years?
Macca?

*runs away*

I agree with you, and In reality Glenn does still provide value to the team. However With the emergence of Fifi on that left edge and Gillett/TPJ on the right, his value now lies in his leadership on/off the field and a fill in / bench position, almost the same way the rooster have used Mitch Aubusson.

In a full strength side where do you put him?

There is also very few players left that qualify for the long service cap discount and he would be one of them??
 

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If we can continue to give shit players contracts over the years he has been playing, we can give him some coin and a decent contract.

Amazed that so many people are ok to offer young potential contracts at the exapense of a player who shows up, does his job, every single week, for years.
 

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Lexy's the type of bloke we should be able to have a testimonial match for. Solid clubman who never earned the big bucks, never in any strife off the field and happy to play his role in the team no matter what it is. Really hope he can get that extra year and the boys can send him out with a premiership.
That is a good question you’ve raised there, what are the qualifications for the testimonial other than being named C.Smith. Would Glenn qualify in coming seasons?
 

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That is a good question you’ve raised there, what are the qualifications for the testimonial other than being named C.Smith. Would Glenn qualify in coming seasons?
He should, but who knows. This is from a 2017 article after the NRL approved a swindle for a bloke who's only received ten million or so dollars and been involved in massive salary cap rorting, grubby behaviour and a repeated, determined approach to undermine the rules of the game, employing tactics that contributed to a man being paralysed for life.

The nominees must have played at least 250 NRL games and spent a minimum 10 years at their club. They have to also have played State of Origin or Tests, and have near-unblemished records both on and off the field.

Crucially, they must also have a registered contract in the season of the match, to ensure their salary is registered at market value — and in turn, stopping game’s proceeds supplementing their wages.

Players also need to nominate a charity of choice, where a portion of the money will go.
Seems as long as he donates 50k to charity then Lexy can pull in a nice half million dollar payday too.
 

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So he would absolutely qualify according to that. Who could he play?

Actually, make it against Smith. Smith won’t say no to more money and if Smith agrees, so does the NRL.
 

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So he would absolutely qualify according to that. Who could he play?

Actually, make it against Smith. Smith won’t say no to more money and if Smith agrees, so does the NRL.
It would need to be against either the Cowboys or the Titans. I'd much prefer the cash to stay in Qld. The Titan's area is where Lexie currently lives so I think I'd be leaning towards the Titans. However, the Cows do bring the people from all over Qld for the weekend, so they might be better for the overall economy for Brisbane.

Or better still let Lexie pick a joint team from the Cows and Titans to play the Broncos and let him also pick two 'guest' players to play for his Bronco side.
 

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So if we apply the Badel logic here

"Broncos stars declare Fifita shouldn't be re-signed"

On a serious note, give Glenn two years. He's worth every fucking cent of 250-300k. He's been our most consistent performer over 10 years, dead set. Can anyone name a player who has been as reliable as him over his career with us during the last 10 years?
Not arguing your point, but answering your question.

Notwithstanding injury; Gillett, McGuire and even McCullough.

They’re all in the same mould in that not much separates their best and worst games, which is the very definition of consistent.

You could, however, certainly argue who provides the most on a consistent basis, which would then exclude McCullough.
 
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