BRONCOS second-rower Alex Glenn believes Manly will still be a top contender this year, despite the loss of wrecking ball Tony Williams.
The Broncos will open their season against the Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium tonight, and Glenn said he wasn't buying into the fact that Manly was seventh favourite to win the premiership with most betting agencies.
"Not at all. Manly will always be in my eyes a top-four team. They've got a dominant, strong pack that's been together for a little while now," the Kiwi representative said.
"I think they know each other in and out, and they'll play a full 80-minute game for each other."
The Broncos also lost a key member of their pack with Queensland Origin second-rower Ben Te'o switching to the Rabbitohs.
Glenn said he was confident his side could cover this loss with youngsters Brendon Gibb and Aaron Whitchurch, and new signing David Stagg, pushing him to new heights in pre-season training.
"We've had a lot of boys that have put their hands up over the pre-season, especially a lot of the younger boys," Glenn said.
"It made me push my boundaries, and I'm just eager to get out on that field."
Glenn has added extra bulk over the off-season, and believes he and Matt Gillett can step up to fill Te'o's void.
Gillett's pre-season form has made such an impression on Broncos coaching staff he forced his way into the starting line-up, with captain Sam Thaiday moving to prop.
Glenn will carry a minor medial ligament strain into the game, using some strapping to help get him through. He said he was happy to defend on the left edge alongside half-back Peter Wallace.
The Broncos will go into this new season under a great deal of pressure - it's been seven years since they won a premiership.
That's the longest period of their envied history without a competition triumph.
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