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)

Off-contract Melbourne Storm star Brandon Smith has a big decision to make on his future.

The hooker has been given the green light to assess his options at rival clubs for 2022, with a number of teams showing interest, most notably the Gold Coast Titans.

As the 24-year old embarks on his future call, he admits that coach Craig Bellamy's plans will have a huge bearing on what he does.

Bellamy has recent declared that this will be his final season of his head coaching career, with Brisbane and Cronulla pitching offers for him to become their director of coaching.

The Storm have not given up hope of him extending his coaching career into 2022 or staying on in a director of coaching role.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph about his future, Smith admitted that Bellamy's decision will be a "huge contributing factor" to his own. 

“That (Bellamy’s decision) is going to be a huge contributing factor, to see what he’s going to be doing as coach,” Smith said.

“But he’s a bit like Cameron Smith isn’t he?

“I wondered where Smithy got this thing from, so I think he’ll (Bellamy) just be waiting for the best offer before coming back to the Storm and saying ‘I got this offer.’

“He’s too smart.”

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)

It comes after teammate Jahrome Hughes re-signed with the club this week until the end of 2024, knocking back a massive $2.5 million offer from the New Zealand Warriors.

Smith says he is currently focused on simply going out and playing and will let his agent sort out the rest. However, he declared he sees his future "in a Melbourne Storm jersey".

“I know what I want to do, which is just to go out and play,” Smith said.
“I guess my manager just wants to make the most money out of me and of course I want to make money as well, but I want to be happy as well.

“I see myself as being a really happy person in a Melbourne Storm jersey, and I see Jahrome Hughes just re-signed for three years and I think he took something like a $200,000 pay cut.

“That’s just a testament to the jersey we wear and how much respect we have for it, and I’ve got a lot of respect for this jersey.

“Regardless of what happens, I really want to be in a Melbourne Storm jersey.”

Smith has played 62 of his NRL games for the Storm since making his first-grade debut in 2017.