MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Brandon Smith of the Melbourne Storm runs during a Melbourne Storm NRL media session at Gosch's Paddock on May 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Cameron Smith has reportedly been tabled a two-year deal with the Melbourne storm, and while this is a great signing, it’s not so good for Brandon Smith.

Brandon Smith is still contracted with the Storm until 2021.

He was originally brought to the club from the Cowboys the be Cam Smith’s replacement, as we have already seen he is a worthy replacement to fill the No. 9 jumper for the Storm.

Brandon Smith has only played 22 games and has already represented his home nation of New Zealand four times. In my opinion, it would be cruel to keep such a skilled international player on the bench.

With Cam Smith set to play for another two years it may be wise of him to ask for a formal release from his contract.

Wests Tigers

The Wests Tigers are without a hooker for 2019.

The club opted to not resign Pita Godinet, and they are reportedly not going to stand in the way of Jacob Liddle signing with the Bulldogs and gave Matt McIlwrick an early release from his contract in order to join the Rabbitohs.

This leaves them with almost no options beyond 2018 for the No. 9 jumper.

Brandon Smith would be a very valuable pickup for the club as he comes with a cheap price tag and has a coach in Michael McGuire that knows his strengths and weaknesses while coaching his at the Kiwis.

Parramatta Eels

One of the Eels’ many problems in 2018 was their ruck speed, and at times their ruck let them down and allowed the other team to shift the momentum in their favor.

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The Eels decided to not re-sign Cameron King at the end of the 2018 season opting to go in a different direction with their recruitment.

Kaysa Pritchard has been given plenty of chances and has not set the world on fire, the other option for the Eels is Read Hamony.

Hamony did show signs of creativeness around the ruck, something that the eels are lacking. Brandon Smith could add a lot of creativity to the Eels.

The club has only 200K left in their salary cap for this year but they do have 20 of their top 30 squad unsigned beyond 2019.

It is very likely that a large number of these players will not be resigned, which would leave them with a treasure chest.

Penrith Panthers

When Peter Wallace retired from the NRL halfway through the season it was a massive blow for the Panthers.

The Club was left without a genuine No. 9 for the inevitable future. The Panthers’ two best options for the jumper are Wayde Egan and Sione Katoa.

Both played well at hooker but I am tipping that Wayde Egan is the player to take the jumper.

With the departure of Trent Merrin, the Panthers do have some breathing room in their salary cap for a player such as Brandon Smith.

If the Panthers were to sign Smith it would make their spine into a real premiership threat for 2019 and beyond.

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If the club could offload one or two players they could offer Brandon Smith a contract he could not turn down.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

The Bulldogs could really use a player of Brandon Smith’s Ability.

The Bulldogs’ major factor is that they are lacking momentum and their forward pack is not laying a platform for their halves.

The signing of Brandon Smith could be the start of a rebuild for the Bulldogs.

Smith could be the amazing young talent that joins the Bulldogs to start the Belmore rebuild.

This could be similar to the Knights signing Kalyn Ponga.

Before Ponga had signed the Knights had thrown money at big players such as Jack Bird, Boyd Cordner, Matt Scott, Tevita Pangai Jnr, and Matt Lodge.

This changed when Kalyn Ponga saw the vision of Nathan Brown, once Ponga signed, Connor Watson, Mitchell Pearce, and Aiden Guerra all saw the vision and signed with Newcastle.

This could be the same with the Bulldogs.

If Smith was to sign it could cause a ripple effect.

The only thing standing in the way would be the Bulldogs Salary Cap.

The Bulldogs have stated that they would not be able to sign any big name players until at least 2021.

I believe that Brandon Smith will stay loyal to Melbourne.

In my opinion, he is too good to play off the bench, but he is still contracted to the club until 2021.

28 COMMENTS

  1. The Knights would have to be the front runners. They’ve soured on Danny Levi and won’t get Slade Griffin back for a long time – if he ever gets back.
    And Read Harmony? How do you get both names wrong? It’s Reed Mahoney.

  2. The a storm should choose not to resign Cam Smith let him retire and free up cap space. Play Brandon Smith and sign Johnson. Bellamy will get the best out of Shaun and Smith derserves to start. Tigers, Knights and Bulldogs could all make good homes from him. Bulldogs should start rebuild mode around Lachlan Lewis by signing Kyle Flanagan and make a play for B. Smith and Liddle and try the Dragons for Feild or Dufty

  3. Hopefully, it means a trip to Redfern IF and only IF Damien Cook follows Seibold to the Broncos in an immediate exchange. PLEASE DON’T Cookie!!! Otherwise, as swa9amuff1n says, punt Cam Smith and throw the reins to Brandon Smith who is part of the Storm’s Generation-Next. Cam Smith is on way too much money for an ever-diminishing return each year. I’m tipping he will fall further off the pace in 2019 and by 2020 he would even have trouble keeping up with George Rose. Miss you Big George, you BEAST! What an athlete in an “old school” way.

    • I don’t comment very much on this site, but I constantly read all the gossip, and quite often laugh at some of the comments. It’s most times like a pyramid and who thinks their comments are like they have to be gospel,,you take the cake Reggy, but I have noticed lately that your divine opinions don’t get much response nowadays..it’s like no-one really cares about what you have to dribble about..you get no bites..no responses?..I may have responded but I sort of feel you know what I’m talking about. When someone does respond, you post at least a few comments about nothing more than dribble. Keep it up, You are entertaining, nothing more though.

      • Thanks coastal01
        On behalf of the Roosters salary cap dribbler Reginald Reagan,πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ I shall respond. Well it all began in 1920 when I….. Sorry coastal01 I was starting to dribble like Reg, see he loves to dribble about the Roosters salary cap. I bet he has a bib at home and when he crashes out in his favourite chair after giving the Roosters a good ol Salary Cap dribble that the dribble drops onto his Roosters bib after dripping off his chin. Reg is a nice bloke and I see what you mean about his posts how much he rattles on about How much this Rooster player is payed and how much that Rooster player is payed and then starts dribbling about the Salary cap. When I respond to Regies Dribble he responds with a few comments about nothing more than dribble. I hope he keeps it up though but not the Rooster salary cap dribble He is entertaining, nothing more though.πŸ’ͺπŸ”πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ‘

      • Maximus: Are you not entertained?

        I get the responses from the people I like to engage with. If you are otherwise engaged well good for you coastal01. If you don’t like my posts PLEASE don’t read them. I couldn’t care and will never know. In fact, I am banning you from reading my posts for the next week until you come to your senses! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        “He is entertaining, nothing more though.”

        Et tu Woody? I have made a lot more sense on issues about the game on this site and more insightful comments about the game than you ever have. Enough regulars who post on ZT would back that up and that counts more than the occasional “random” or fake troll profile. coastal01 is the former not the latter btw.

      • Blocked again! 2nd attempt…

        Part 1:
        @ coastal01

        Maximus: Are you not entertained?

        I get the responses from the people I like to engage with. If you are otherwise engaged well good for you coastal01. If you don’t like my posts PLEASE don’t read them. I couldn’t care less and I will never know. In fact, I am banning you from reading my posts for the next week until you come to your senses! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      • Part 2:
        @ Woody

        β€œHe is entertaining, nothing more though.”

        Et tu Woody? I have made a lot more sense on issues about the game on this site and more insightful comments about the game than you ever have. Enough regulars who post on ZT would back that up and that counts more than the occasional β€œrandom” or fake tr0ll profile. coastal01 is the former not the latter btw.

      • I just know the “nightcrawler” is going to be attracted by that “coastal spray” and they will go wild tonight! ZT prepare for a harpy haunting tonight! I’ll go and look for some garlic and a wooden stake. Perhaps the “3 wise eels” can lend me some wood? But if they can’t help, “Who you gonna call” Woody? πŸ‘»

        I ain’t afraid of no ghost! [cue β€œGhostbusters” theme song] πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»πŸ‘»

      • @ coastal01

        “Reggy, but I have noticed lately that your divine opinions don’t get much response nowadays..it’s like no-one really cares about what you have to dribble about..”

        I just read YOUR post on the “Klemmer signing makes Knights a genuine finals threat” story. Mate, you really OWN that story, LITERALLY!

        Are you sure you are qualified to be taking shots at other people when you can’t get a single reply yourself? Bit of “the pot calling the kettle black” there I think. At least I get plenty of responses unlike you. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        https://www.zerotackle.com/klemmer-signing-makes-knights-a-genuine-finals-threat-38353/

      • “Cook to sail off North of the Boarder”

        Given enough time Woody and a strong tailwind, he might just catch up to the “Golden Rooster” which has had a BIG head start and is a long way north of the salary cap equator! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        OK, now I’m done eels47. He provoked me first mate. He tried to pull our cookie from the bunny biscuit box. I had NO choice. I plead temporary myxomatosis! It causes tunnel vision eels47. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  4. Reg, Woody & Eels…love the salary cap insights, player movement predictions and the banter….well you guys do it best (along with a cple of others on here) especially Reg v Woody.
    Would make awsome Footy Show hosts!!
    Keep up the B.S … and plz find Shaun Johnson a new home and my Warriors a new half…cheers

    • Cheers warriorz7. It’s nice to know that there are still people out there that “get it” and can appreciate some humour and the lighter side of things.

      We are all just trying to make the most of a boring off-season. It used to be called “the silly season”, this year it’s “the banter train”. It’s our 2 months long “Mad Monday” here on ZT. More and more people are coming on board “the banter train” to have some fun and still talk footy but with a few laughs along the way. No harm in that. Except for Woody, it’s a bit of a trade secret but Woody is my ventriloquist doll.

      Reg: Isn’t that right Woody?
      Woody: Right you are Reginald Reagan, sir!
      Reg: Back in the box Woody.
      Woody: I can’t find my teeth!

      That sort of thing. Feel free to join in on the banter warriorz7. The more the merrier. ABout SJ, I think he might have made a cracking X-factor FB (even without defence). RTS is meant to be going to union soon so what happens then now that there is no SJ? Mason Lino was a gun young player and had a great combination with Blake Green. The Warriors should never have let that kid go IMO. If Souths lost Reynolds I would have been happy to have Lino replace him.

      Don’t be a stranger hey? Cheers.

        • Cheers chalky, I know you “get me” mate. This time of the year is so hard to get the ZT train moving it’s like a LONG stretch of railway without tracks.

          At least “Roasting the Roosters” got us part of the way there and nothing unifies a disparate group faster than giving them a common foe to focus their frustrations on. We didn’t lose too many chickens along the way chalky and it WAS for a good cause after all. πŸ˜‰

          There is so much inertia to overcome that without banter the train will NEVER leave the station!

          All aboard! Toot toot!
          πŸš‚πŸšƒπŸšƒπŸšƒπŸšƒ

      • We are all on the Indian Pacific going through the Nullarbor Plain, Guess what Reg❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓I know why they called the train the Indian Pacific……I just looked out the window and Struth!!!! I saw some Indians in the Desert. I think there are more Indians in Australia than in IndiaπŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘

        • πŸ‘³β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘³β€β™€οΈπŸ‘³β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘³β€β™€οΈπŸ‘³β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘³β€β™€οΈInjians

        • Next stop Sydney Olympic Park, Jump off Reg….. Back πŸ“πŸ“to back premierships and then we want to win the Angus Crichton Cup, sorry that should read the Elwyn Walters Cup, Oh wait their its the Royce Ayliffe/ Russell Fairfax/ Brian Fletcher Cup…. yeh nah its the Ronald Coote CupπŸ†πŸ†I think

      • Reg, Warriorz7 Ya supposed to say “Don’t be a stranger hey? Cheers.BRO.πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ’ͺπŸ‘΄πŸ‘πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯ Get the picture mate.

        • I think I can see why you never made it as a diplomat Woody. Too bad we didn’t get to send you to the Middle East, they don’t eat beef but they love their chicken!

    • πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Well done Kelpie! 🐢 Who said that man’s best friend doesn’t have a sense of humour. You would have to, surely, when you go round sniffing the butts of every Roosters fan! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  5. Smith won’t go anywhere he will play off the bench next year. an will take over the full time 9 the year after.

    • Sorry, but that is blind loyalty to Cam Smith who is holding your club to ransom for a big payday and he is only contributing half as much. Brandon is being wasted coming off the bench IMO stormitup.

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