Storm ‘stunned’, ‘can’t believe’ Cameron Smith’s possible retirement call

Melbourne have been reportedly left stunned after Cameron Smith revealed he would be considering his future beyond this season.

The Storm skipper is contracted until the end of next season which would be his 19th in the NRL, but after Saturday’s preliminary finals loss to the Sydney Roosters admitted he’d spend part of the off-season weighing up his future.

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“I don’t know mate I’ll have a think about it over the next few weeks and decide then,” Smith said post-game said when asked about whether he would be at the Storm in 2020.

“I’ve said all along, especially over the last two or three seasons even thought I’m getting on a bit and the end is near, I’ve been enjoying my football thoroughly.

“I’m playing a different style of football in the last couple of years, now we have a lot of younger and inexperienced players.

“In a way that’s given me a new lease of life in footy. There’s a lot of things to think about, the kids are growing up and we’ve got a lot of things on.”

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Storm coach Craig Bellamy is yet to speak to Smith about his future, but according to Channel 9 reporter Danny Weidler, the club “can’t believe” the situation is even being spoken about.

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“The Melbourne Storm are very surprised at the answer Billy Slater managed to get out of Cameron Smith,” Weidler told 100% Footy.

“Their view is that he is playing for them next year. He’s got a contact that is registered with the NRL at around $1 million and the Storm are currently going through the process of trying to move players on so they can get their salary cap just right.

“That’s the likes of Brodie Croft and Will Chambers and a couple of others so that Smith can play. They’re stunned and they can’t believe that this is even an issue.”

Speaking on Fox League’s NRL 360, chief NRL reporter James Hooper said it was a situation he was struggling to get his head around.

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“When you look how many players the Storm have been looking to move over the course of the last month … all of that is geared towards ensuring they’re salary cap compliant for next season, based on the fact that one of their highest paid players is there in Cameron Smith,” Hooper said.

NRL 360 host Paul Kent reckoned there “was not a snowflake’s chance” Smith retires.

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