Capewell joins Broncos as part of rebuild

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Brisbane have added another big name to their club rebuild, signing Queensland State of Origin representative Kurt Capewell on a three-year NRL deal.

The Penrith back-rower has played at centre at Origin level and will join a Broncos side that will have South Sydney champion Adam Reynolds in charge of the attack from 2022.

It's the first recruitment move for the last-placed Broncos since Ben Ikin commenced his role as football and performance director last week.

Ikin has a huge opinion of Capewell, who has played 84 NRL games for both Cronulla and Penrith, as well as five games for the Maroons.

"Kurt has talent, footy smarts, experience and a strong work ethic, all attributes we want here at the Broncos," Ikin said.

"In the past 12 months, he has played in an NRL grand final and a winning Queensland State Of Origin team - that experience will be invaluable for our playing group.

"We have some great emerging talent here at the club who are learning to be true rugby league professionals, and I think Kurt will be a perfect addition to the squad in that respect."

It's a homecoming of sorts for Capewell, who played under-20s with the Broncos in 2012 and 2013, as well as a grand final win with the Ipswich Jets in 2015 before joining the Sharks in their NRL premiership season.

Meanwhile, captain Alex Glenn insisted the arrival of another second-rower was no indication of his own future.

Glenn, 32, is off contract at the end of this season as he weighs up whether he wants to play on.

The former Kiwi international does admit the new rules have made it harder for veterans like him to continue.

"I'm grateful our club has locked in a star performer in the back row. It doesn't (determine) where I stand, whether I retire or play on for another year," Glenn said.

"Apart from myself we don't really have too much experience in the back-row. It's something that is a vital position in our team.

"Over the next month or so I will sit down with the missus and my manager and have some honest conversations.

"I have always said I don't want to be a player who is selfish and plays on one year too long.

"It is getting faster and faster and it is pushing our older players out.

"If I don't give it a fair crack then it is going to be hard for me to make my decision."

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