Coming off the Storm’s 2020 premiership win, Smith’s third overall, the veteran has been weighing up retirement or extending his storied career into a 19th season.
The 430-gamer originally declared he would decide his future by Christmas, but is still yet to make a call some two months out from the NRL season, the Storm included.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph‘s Nick Smart, Bellamy said there was no rush on a decision from his side of things.
“I wouldn’t imagine Cameron thought it was going to take this long to make the decision either,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy told News Corp Australia.
“He’s not here at the moment, so my opinion is what it’s always been.
“And that’s that he deserves the right to make that decision when it’s right for him, so I’d just leave it at that.”
Believed to be currently living on the Gold Coast, it is growing likely that the 430-gamer will either play on at one of the Queensland clubs or hang up the boots.
Bellamy admitted he doesn’t like the idea of Smith playing on at a rival club, but that no one at the Storm would begrudge him for doing so.
“I don’t know how I’d feel (about that) until it happened,” he said.
“I probably wouldn’t like it that much, but like I’ve said all along, whatever is right for him and his family I’ll back them up all the way.
“If he ends up playing with another club and he believed that was the best thing for him and his family, then that’s great and I’ll go along with that knowing we’ve had the best out of him for the longest period of time.
“No one would begrudge what decision he comes up with.”
Smith has played 430 NRL games all for the Storm since making his first-grade debut in 2002.
He turns 38 later this year.