NRL Rd 19 - Storm v Sea Eagles
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Cameron Smith (c) of the Storm (R) talks with Brandon Smith of the Storm during the round 19 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Manly Sea Eagles at AAMI Park on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

Cameron Smith has all but confirmed the 2020 season will be his last in an open and honest extract from his new autobiography.

As reported by Phil Rothfield from the Daily Telegraph, Smith reveals that he will not play next season if it means the Storm lose talented understudies Harry Grant or 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,” Smith reveals in his autobiography The Storm Within. 

“I appreciated that Brandon and Harry were building careers of their own. Brandon has established himself as the New Zealand No. 9, and Harry played 2020 with the Wests Tigers, where he had a standout season.”

Smith also explains why he prolonged his decision during the 2020 season.

“I just didn’t feel the decline at any stage of that 2020 season. If anything, I felt better than I ever had, in all aspects of my footy.

“I loved waking up and knowing I had to train. I enjoyed getting in there and competing with the younger players. I even enjoyed getting into the gym.

“All I could do, as the weirdest of seasons reached its climax, was concentrate on what I could control — and that was playing good football.