SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Storm captain Cameron Smith looks dejected after losing the 2018 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Cameron Smith and the Melbourne Storm are currently locked in a stand-off regarding Smith’s new contract, with the two parties still yet to agree on terms for an extension.

Smith, who is the games record holder with 384 and could become the first player in NRL history to reach 400 games this season, was closing in on an extension over a month ago, although according to the Daily Telegraph, his management is playing “hard ball” over third-party deals.

The 35-year-old is keen to remain in Melbourne, as both parties want the deal to be completed.

The Telegraph understand the Storm believe Smith doesn’t want to play elsewhere at this late stage of his career, while the 35-year-old’s management know the Storm need him to stick around after the recent departures of Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk.

When Melbourne announced their initial 2019 squad on Friday, Smith was not included.

Melbourne’s 2019 squad

Albert Vete, Felise Kaufusi, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Billy Walters, Jahrome Hughes, Sam Kasiano, Brandon Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Scott Drinkwater, Brodie Croft, Joe Stimson, Suliasi Vunivalu, Cameron Munster, Josh Addo-Carr, Thomas Eisenhuth, Cheyse Blair, Justin Olam, Tino Faasuamaleaui, Christian Welch, Kenny Bromwich, Will Chambers, Curtis Scott, Marion Seve, Dale Finucane, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Tui Kamikamica, Patrick Kaufusi

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  1. “his management is playing β€œhard ball” over third-party deals.”…why would this affect the contract between player/agent and club?
    the clubs shouldn’t have anything to do with TPAs right?

    • SShhh – don’t wake up the NRL, they are asleep at the wheel..

      No TPA should be guaranteed acording to the rules of the game.

      But then again no club is supposed to talk to anyone more than 1 year out from their contract end date. But don’t tell Newcastle or Klemmer.

    • Perhaps he could reunite with his once, best mate Cooper with the Premiers. Unlike Pearce, I believe Roosters captain Friend would hang around for one season, resisting the temptation to depart and reuniting with his old comrade Pearce in Newcastle, therefore learning of the master hooker and picking up a third premiership ring.

      We at Souths will be much busy trying to secure Cook for a million dollars per season, I hear he is testing the market to get a better offer from Souths. They are only offering 850k.

      • Smith was lost in the big games this year without Cronk calling the shots. The Roosters have no need for Smith. Friend has got him covered.πŸ‘΄πŸ‘

    • One-eyed-rabbit we don’t want him and we don’t need him. Jack Friend is the best hooker getting around in the NRL, has played previously for Australia, won 2 premierships, played in 3 grand finals, makes 55 tackles every match, great short grubber kicker for in goal kicks, Oh and he must be doing something right if he is co-captain of the powerful Chook team.πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“πŸ“ And even bett is unlike Cook who wants to drain Soufths salary cap even further by chasing a million buck contract. Friend is content to win premierships for half the money. Friend knows how good life is at the Roosters and will never leave, after working in a sandwich shop in his early playing days at the Chooks, and now earning 450k per season, is far better than most on this Earth.πŸŽ―πŸŽ±πŸŽ―πŸŽ±πŸ“πŸ’ͺπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘

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