7th Tackle: How Panthers’ loss is Queensland’s gain

The first newspaper story about Tim Glasby’s Origin selection might not have been positive, but his personal tale from the game’s poorhouse to penthouse is an absolute ripper.

Glasby first showed his aptitude to be something special as a four-year-old, when he’d snatch his parents’ tools and jewellery and try to sell them to passers-by outside the family home in Rockhampton.

“He was always trying to make a buck,” father Graham recalled.

Despite being a talented footballer who made all the junior representative teams, Glasby didn’t lose his passion for wealth and completed a degree in financial planning when he left school.

Glasby. Pic: Getty
Glasby. Pic: Getty

He actually began university studies in Sydney after being recruited by Penrith as an 18-year-old.

“He lived in a billet home with some other young players,” Graham said.

“During that time Petero Civoniceva and Luke Lewis were really good to him. They were both mentors for Tim.”

Glasby spent three years at the foot of the mountains, only to find himself unwanted – by all 16 NRL clubs – once he became ineligible for the National Youth Competition (U20s).

He could have joined thousands of other kids lost between the cracks, but instead persevered.

He returned to Rockhampton, joined the local QLD Cup side – then known as the Comets – and started work three days a week as a financial planner with local firm, Kennas Chartered Accountants.

In 2012, his first season with the Comets, Glasby won a Wooden Spoon.

But more importantly he also walked away with the club’s Player of the Season award and the competition’s Rookie of Season gong.

A year later he was scouted by Melbourne and given a second chance that’s now morphed into a bench spot with the Maroons for Game Two.

QRL insiders insist Glasby’s selection should come as no great shock as he’s been invited to their past two Emerging Origin Camps and was almost called into the senior camp as a shadow player last year.