MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Cameron Smith of the Storm runs with the ball during the round 23 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park on August 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Legend Cameron Smith is aiming to sort out contract extensions with the Melbourne Storm sooner rather than later.

The veteran hooker has decided to play on in 2019, not following in the footsteps of teammate and good friend Billy Slater, who will retire at season’s end.

It was reported by the Herald Sun last month the Storm have formally drawn up a one-year contract extension for Smith, but it is yet to acquire his signature.

The 35-year-old said to reporters on Monday no more progress has been made regarding the extension.

“The situation hasn’t changed, I’m still keen to play on,” Smith said.

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“It’s just a matter of the club and management working out what’s best for both parties next year and hopefully it happens soon and we can get on with it.”

Playing on in 2019 means Smith will become the first ever player to reach 400 NRL games, most likely setting an all-time games record that will not be touched.

Smith also stated he’s decision to play on is because he feels he can still contribute to the Storm and to the game itself.

“When you think about retirement, you’re a long time retired and you don’t want to live next part of your life regretting or wishing that you should have played on,” Smith said.

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“I have no thoughts in my mind that I want to finish, or I’ve had enough of playing. That certainly was the case with my rep footy, I was well and truly done there.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. I think at home he would be under the thumb so to speak. Good on Cameron Smith if he wants to play on and break an all time record of 400 games. He is still playing very good football.

    • Yeah, how did the game ever survive for over 100 years without Cam Smith and how could it possibly survive his retirement?

      Cam Smith should play for a 1,000 games and retire in his late 50’s or RL will die… give me a break. Just like Wayne Bennett, no player or coach has manipulated the game, the referees or the media more and both think that the game is all about them and won’t survive without them.

      News flash… it will.

      Even the CH9 commentary team were laughing at the rubbish Smith got away with in the ruck in the Rabbitohs game feigning losing his balance and being locked up when trying to extricate himself from the tackle in what was a professional foul at the time. Johns laughed and said; “Who else could get away with that without being penalised?” Gould just laughed in agreement.

      Mate they KNOW. Everyone knows! It’s all part of the agenda. Look for the Storm to get the rub of the green throughout every game of the finals to give Billy Slater his fairytale send off and Cam Smith another highlight on his way to securing his place as a RL Immortal as the best jiu-jitsu exponent and greatest actor the game has ever seen.

      I will always treasure the memory of Issac Luke having his head stomped on repeatedly by Smith until it looked like a game of paddle ball… and Smith got the penalty! Yes, he is one of the greats!

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