NRL Rd 20 - Dragons v Storm
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Brandon Smith of the Storm passes during the round 20 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Melbourne Storm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

A trio of high-profile Roosters have reportedly been spotted playing a round of golf with coveted Storm playmaker Brandon Smith in Sydney's north shore.

The New Zealand international is seen as the most in-demand signature of the off-season ahead of 2023, with the Chooks set to contend with North Queensland, Gold Coast, the Dolphins and Melbourne for the star rake's services.

Smith is understood to have met with all four interested suitors in recent weeks in a trip down the easter seaboard, making a final stop to meet with the Roosters before returning to Victoria.

According to The Daily Telegraph, during his time in New South Wales Smith met with fellow Kiwis teammate Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Tricolours greats Jake Friend and Mitch Aubusson to play golf.

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 23: Brandon Smith of the Storm warms up before the start of the round 19 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Melbourne Storm at QCB Stadium, on July 23, 2021, in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Despite Smith's strong link to the Roosters, Waerea-Hargreaves played down any suggestion of contract discussions whilst on the green.

“He’s a grown man,” Waerea-Hargreaves told News Corp.

“He has a big decision to make. He will know what is right for him. We have played for the Kiwis and roomed together for four or five years... He’s a great man.”

A decision by Smith is tipped to be made in the coming weeks, with crucial talks with the Storm set to take place prior to a final decision.

The Dolphins are seen as the favourite to sign the 25-year-old given their wealth of cap to spend, having missed an extensive list of key targets since their inception.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 04: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves of New Zealand celebrates beating Scotland after the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between the New Zealand Kiwis and Scotland at AMI Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images)

The Roosters are seen as the other rival club with a chance to lure the Storm larrikin away from AAMI Park past the end of his current contract.

"He has spoken to a lot of clubs and narrowed it down to those two," a source recently told Wide World of Sports.

"Brandon still has another meeting with the Roosters coming up and that will probably decide which way he goes."

Smith is set to join Queensland star Christian Welch in heading back down to Melbourne following time interstate.

Welch is the latest name in the Dolphins' sights to have opted elsewhere, signing a contract extension with the Storm for 2025.

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