BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Cameron Smith of the Storm calls out instructions to his players during the round seven NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on April 20, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith has re-signed with the club on a two-year extension.

The 35-year old announced his new contract on Thursday during a press conference at AAMI Park, tying him to the Storm until the end of the 2020 season

“We had some talented young guys coming off contract with the club looking to attain or extend their contract,” he said.

“I recognised that was important and I was wary of that – there is no use going in and signing a contract and having no quality players around me.

Cameron Munster is the perfect example – I spoke with our CEO Dave (Donaghy) and said to him ‘that is of higher importance, make sure that gets sorted first.'”

Smith is on track to reach the 400-game mark having avoided injuries for the majority of his career ahead of his 18th season.

“No one has ever played 400 games in our code and I don’t think anyone would have imagined the first person to do it – if it happens – would be from a Melbourne rugby league team.

“I still love competing and I haven’t been told by any of the coaches that my performance is diminishing in any capacity – that would be a sure sign for me to start thinking about finishing up.

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“One thing I am always very conscious of is that I am able to fulfil my role.

“I’ve had a number of conversations with teammates who have finished up and their advice was always ‘play as long as you can’ so I have taken their advice.

“I have been very lucky with injuries to allow me to stay on the paddock and I’m hoping that continues throughout this year and the next.”

The veteran hooker remains as determined as ever to deliver Melbourne its fourth premiership.

“I have been fortunate enough to experience the feeling of winning premierships and I would like to experience that again,” he said.

“I have never changed my approach to my trade or my job – I try to be better every day. There is always something to improve on.

“I’m really excited about the young players at our club at the moment, they have a lot of talent, but the best thing is they have a lot to learn as well so I see a lot of improvement.

“It is promising for our club into the next two years and the next five years.

“I’m really thankful the club believes I can see the next two years out.

“I love the club, I love playing the game and I love my teammates so it’s pretty easy to come to work every day.”

38 COMMENTS

    • Smith is a grub who has the refs and the nrl in his pocket if you actually watch every tackle his always is late and holds the player down so the line gets set. If it was anyone else they would be penalized and I’m so sick of everyone says how good he is. It’s very easy to look good when you can do what you want on the field.

  1. Sucks to be Brandon Smith, 2 more years of being second friddle when he could easily walk into about 6 other NRL clubs as a starting hooker

  2. It will be interesting to see what happens with Brandon Smith. If he is willing to wait or if other clubs jump at signing him.
    The upside if he decides to bide his time and take in everything Cam Smith knows but that could be a downside too. Flip a coin bro

    • Hes contracted to 2021 i think, doubt Storm will allow him to pursue an opportunity elsewhere and will continue to give him 20-30 minutes a game the next couple years.

  3. I hate Cam Smith, he’s a brilliant footy player that uses his brains above his ability. He’s terrorized NSW for a decade and albeit that rep footy is over I suspect that he and bellamy will go out together.
    I don’t see the drizzle dropping off the pace that much. They proved that they can do it without Cronk.
    It would be nice to see some dark horses make the GF this year..

  4. Excellent news. It means 2 more years of watching an absolute champion and 2 more years of laughing at the sooks on this site.
    Maybe he’s not an 80mins every match player anymore but even 60mins or 4 or of 5 games he is still a great resigning.

      • Maybe he should have done what Cronk did and move to Sydney. Up until last year Cronk was a hack who couldn’t play away from Bellamy and his systems, riding on the coattails of Smith and Slater at storm and JT GI and co at Origin.
        Then almost overnight he became a champion.

  5. StormFanAdam, did he really become a champion or just a better coach than Robinson? No doubt he brought Keary’s talent to light. Was the wingless chicken riding on the coattails of the other talented chooks? He certainly didn’t sparkle in the first half of the season. But any Judas who sells himself for 30 pieces of silver eventually has to justify himself. I still don’t think he’s a great player but I will admit, reluctantly, he’s a good on field coach and a very good tactician in hindsight. Really did the dirty on the Storm , lying to them and NRL fans for months when he’d already done the deal with Roosters months before. Can’t tolerate liars and cheats.
    Filthiest grub in the game – beats Gallen hands down.

    • Biff I tend to disagree, A great halfback leads teams to premierships and Cronk proved that last season with a new club. Pearce just could not give us that direction in the big games although he did play a good role in 2013 but he lost his way in the 4 seasons after that.

      Cronk is a true champion and his stats prove it. He has scored 16 tries in 38 tests for Australia and is the most capped halfback in Aussie history, Although Thurston played half for the Cowboys Cronk was so skilled Thurston who many declare will be an immortal one day had to be moved to 5/8 because Cronk was so great at halfback. The same applied for State Of Origin with Cronk playing half back and Thurston 5/8. So was Cronk a better halfback than Thurston❓❓❓ Well its not my oppionion but obviously the selectors thought so.

      I understand your disappointment at the two time Dally M winner walking away from the Storm but the lad was in love and did the right thing in life by following a woman to Sydney for all the right reasons.💪🐔👍

  6. I would just like to send a particular souffths nitw1it penz0 a little message. Remember your paranoid story accusing me of being a multi user❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓. Do you still think I’m Biff😂😆🤣😁🤣😆😆😆😂🤣🎱

  7. Great Player who has lead for Qld for years. What I do want to know though, he played in a testimonial last year with JT, collecting half the Gate, does this count towards the salary cap???

  8. Lets hope Smith smashes the 400 game barrier and we are all alive to witness such an amazing feat and Rugby League record that will never be beaten, Totally amazing 😎👍

  9. WoodChook, normally I’m happy to state my admiration for the talent and skills of any player or team, whether I like them or not, but not Judas Cronk.
    I doubt very much that Roosters fans will be singing his praises if he does the dirty on the Roosters like he did the Storm.
    I’m sorry I can’t tell you more. I’ll have to leave it at that.

    • Oh stop this charade woodduck, your insulting the inteligence of all ZT users here with your insane alter ego comments, so how will Cronk do the dirty on Easts? Oh wait i’ll leave it at that, can’t tell you more, for crying out loud woody please look to getting the medical help you need, but before you do that, please don’t leave us in suspense, get Biff , you, to tell us HOW he will do the dirty on easts, this will be fascinating reading

    • Biff, I warned you about this particular Italian clown penz0🤡🤡🤡, he is totally paranoid and I would say an undiagnosed schizophrenic. I would love to say that about all souffths fans because they support a portion of Sydney named Souths on the EAST coast of Sydney yet they travel to the middle of Sydney near Homebush Bay miles away from that small portion of Sydney to witness there not so great local juniors play in the Balmain (WestsTigers) junior local area 🤣😂😆😁😂🤣

      penz0 the clown is now having conversations with you Biff, thinking he is talking with me. He is the Emperor of Nutters😎👍Beware❕❗

      • I gotta give it to you woody for having the thickest hide in town and calling Penso an “undiagnosed schizophrenic.” That’s classic coming from you the multi ZT user. Hahaha.

        • Telling it how it is, is easy. Liars need a an amazing memory. At my age I just stick to telling it how it is, which is the Truth. that’s why I can remember what I write. At 98 do you think I could act out four or five different characters. Life is too short for me wasting 3 hrs a day out of my 6 hours when I’m awake I have only one identity, Wake up mate and get over the 20`13 runner up tag to the Roosters. Your starting to sound like your messiah, you know who I mean, the souffs clown.🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡💪🐔👍

        • Hahaha. Souffs my messiah. More like my shoe polisher. And theres no way you are 98. Maybe 68. Or a 69er Hahaha

        • I was around and witnessed Frank Burge playing for the Glebe Dirty Reds💪👴👍 Now off you go Manly78 and change your nappy. By the way I was at the SCG to watch the 1978 GrandFinal in the hope Manly would be defeated. But I wasted my Tuesday afternoon that day.🚀

        • I will pay that one, Manly was helped with a heap of luck after they lost to Cronulla, drew with Parra after a try was awarded on the 7th tackle, then a few days later defeating Parra. But to win against minor premiers the Tough and Rugged Wests, then draw with Cronulla and a few days later on Tuesday back up and win the title was a magnificent effort. I will say though Cronulla got knocked around and a few really good players could not back up for the replay. 16-0 It sprinkled a little tiny bit that day I remembered for a short while before halftime.

        • Yep thats exactly how i remember it. Manly had a 7 tackle try go against them in the 1995 GF against dogs so these things even out eventually.

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