HIGH ACHIEVER: Broncos rising star Brett Greinke is taking care of life after footy by enrolling in a degree at USQ Springfield campus.
HIGH ACHIEVER: Broncos rising star Brett Greinke is taking care of life after footy by enrolling in a degree at USQ Springfield campus. Contributed

Kicking goals on and off the field

ACCOMPLISHED both on the field and off it, Broncos Under 20s captain Brett Greinke is a shining example of the new breed of rugby league player.

The 20-year-old will lead the Broncos against the Warriors in the Holden Cup grand final at ANZ Stadium tomorrow.

Off the field the former St Peter Claver College star is studying to be a teacher at the Springfield campus of USQ and works part time as a teacher's aide at St Thomas More College at Sunnybank where he is the indigenous liaison officer.

Greinke says he is fortunate to play for a club like the Broncos that values players' wellbeing off the field as much as it does their on field performances.

"We've got a really strong welfare department at the club," Greinke says.

"They got me the job at St Thomas More. That job made up my mind about what I wanted to do.

"There are about 10 other boys in our team who have got a similar story.

"The NRL has made sure that the young guys are coming through with degrees and jobs.

"I am lucky to be one of them. Not many of us make it as NRL players, and even if you do you have to have a job after that."

While the captain, Greinke says he is fortunate there are plenty of natural leaders in the squad.

They know how to have fun, without going over the top.

"I haven't had to pull too many people aside and read them the riot act," he says.

The captaincy has been a learning curve and is a role he may well be given at a higher level.

"It has helped my form this year as well," he says.

"I wasn't performing how I wanted last year and I am pretty happy that Hodgo (coach Craig Hodges) believed in me and gave me the opportunity to be captain, so I could prove I could play better than I did last year."

Brett's father Gary played at Souths coached the Norths Devils and Ipswich Jets.

"Speaking on behalf of my old man and myself, we love Ipswich," Greinke says.

"It is a great footy community and a good community in itself.

"You feel good representing Ipswich. We love the people there. It was a great place to grow up. We call it home."

Greinke played the first trial of the year with the Broncos NRL side against the Cowboys at Redcliffe after training for a week with the top squad.

"It was awesome," he says.

"I didn't know many of the players before then so I got to build a few relationships.

"Especially with Marty Kennedy. He's from Ippy and he took the pressure off and helped me ease my way into it."

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