Melbourne’s Cameron Smith has given the biggest hint yet he may have played his final game for the Storm following their NRL grand final victory.
Smith recently put on a courageous display to lead Melbourne to grand final glory against Penrith, despite speculation running rampant about whether he would call time on his career or not.
But in an extract from his autobiography, published by The Daily Telegraph, Smith alluded to moving on from the club that he has represented a record 430 times.
The reason was to help the Storm keep the future No.9s of the club, Harry Grant and Brandon Smith.
“There’s no way I’m re-signing for another 12 months if the club is going to lose either Harry or Brandon. I don’t want to see the club struggle in the long term just so I can play one more season,” he wrote, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“I was well aware of Brandon Smith’s and Harry Grant’s situations.
“And I knew that if I chose to play on in Melbourne, it would be hard for the Storm to retain all three of us, even though the club had said time and time again that it could.
Despite the hint, Smith did not elaborate on whether he would call time on his career.
Cameron Smith touches on retirement
Smith still said he hadn’t made a decision on retirement.
The 37-year-old has made a record 430 NRL appearances, but appeared to claim in his book he was no closer to knowing whether it was the right time or not.
He pointed to NRL greats such as Billy Slater, Jonathan Thurston and Paul Gallen and their insistence they knew when it was the right time.
But Smith claimed he has not had that moment where he has woken up and said “I just can’t do it”, according to The Courier Mail.
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