Smith has played 382 NRL games and could potentially be the first player to reach the 400 game milestone if he goes around again next season, although he hasn’t completely ruled out retiring alongside teammate Billy Slater at season’s end.
“If we win it … If we were to go and play well next week and win it … I don’t know,” Smith said post-game when asked about the possibility of retiring this season.
“You’d consider it wouldn’t you? Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t have a contract next year. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
Smith was asked again about retirement and tried to play down his comments, although he did leave the door open for himself to hang up the boots should he win his fifth grand final.
“Players finish up all the time,” Smith said.
“New players come in and you start writing about them. I’ve got all intentions of going around next year. If we were to win would you consider it, I don’t know. We’ll win first and then we’ll see what happens.”