Melbourne Storm teammate Felise Kaufusi has dropped a hint on Cameron Smith’s NRL future beyond the current season.
Storm players are in the dark as speculation mounts that Smith is about to call time on his storied career.
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While retirement looms for the 37-year-old, who stands as the NRL’s most capped player, rumours persist he could sign for a Queensland club for a final year.
But Kaufusi believes Smith will play a 20th season in the NRL, but doesn’t know at what club.
"I think he will play on," Kafusi told students at Sacred Heart Primary School, Yarrawonga.
"I'm not sure [where]. Could be Melbourne, could be Brisbane, could be Titans. Who knows."
Kafusi went on to claim Smith was the best player he had taken the field with.
“He’d played the most games in our competition and I just think he’s the best player,” he added.
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Melbourne are expecting Smith to choose retirement over another season with the club where he made his debut in 2002, with the other option to play a final year with a Queensland club.
Smith runs the risk of being branded "selfish" if he does decide he wants to play on with the Storm - where young-gun hookers Brandon Smith and Harry Grant are waiting in the wings for their opportunity.
Smith's presence would potentially jeopardise the future of both players, with neither one likely to be happy playing third-string.
But last month, NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent said the 37-year-old owes it to the club and the two young stars to make his intentions clear.
“He should make his mind up soon. I think he’s selfish,” Kent said.
“You’ve got two other players at the club whose immediate futures have a significant bearing on it.
“Melbourne have always been experts at handling their salary cap but this is throwing them right out because you’ve got three players all on significant money, who are trying to figure out what their futures look like.
“It all rests on one player. It should have happened ages ago.”