Cameron Smith will appear in his 400th NRL game this weekend marking the first ever player to reach the incredible milestone.
Smith has plenty of people to thank and has reflected on some of the lessons coach and friend Craig Bellamy shared with the star throughout his expansive career.
He also reveals it isn’t just in the coach’s box where Bellamy has lost his cool.
Cameron Smith for PlayersVoice
Under Craig Bellamy, we were one of the first teams who did a lot of analysis on games and opposition. Craig has always been big on video sessions, which, in those days, were done on a VCR tape recorder.
You can imagine the issues we had with tape and how Craig reacted to them! If something needed to be rewound and they missed the spot. ‘Now you’ve gone past it!’
It wasn’t just the coach’s box where you’d see Craig have his blow-ups. They were just as big in the video room.
Making sure the tape rolled correctly and stopped where it needed to was a job for assistant coach Dean Lance - luckily they were really good mates from their Canberra Raiders' days.
I moved away from home at 18 and Craig was the constant male figure I saw every day of my life. He’s taught me a lot of things about footy and mindset on my job and how to approach it, and about being a good person as well.
He taught me things totally different to what my mum and dad taught me as a young person, but I think a lot of guys at our club would consider him a surrogate father figure.
Without Craig being a part of my career for such a long time, I don’t think I would have achieved a lot of the things I have.