That is the shock revelation which has been revealed on Triple M Radio by Ben Dobbin.
It's understood that the assurances given by Smith to the Dolphins' hierarchy meant they backed out of their chase for Eels' hooker Reed Mahoney, who has now reportedly linked up with the Canterbury Bulldogs on a four-year deal.
The contract for Mahoney hasn't been confirmed by the club yet, and nor has Smith's proposed switch to Bondi Junction, however, both deals seem as good as done for two of the NRL's top hookers.
“He (Smith) had given verbal guarantees that he was going to commit to the Dolphins and do a deal there," Dobbin said.
It has been a disastrous start to the negotiation period for the Dolphins, who have seen key targets either re-sign or swap clubs, but ultimately, snub the NRL's newest franchise.
They have made just a single signing early in December, being Felise Kaufusi, who will join as the club's inaugural player from November 1 next year.