MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 05: Cameron Smith (R) about to play his record breaking 356th match, looks on with Will Chambers during a Melbourne Storm NRL training session at AAMI Park on September 5, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers has confirmed he will leave the NRL to play rugby union in Japan, while Cameron Smith’s decision is imminent.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy spoke at the Club’s presentation night making the announcement about Chambers.

“He’s been one hell of a player for our club,” Bellamy said, as the pair shared a nice moment on the stage.

Chambers was awarded a Storm life membership, as now-former teammate Cameron Smith says he will decide on his future after his family holiday.

“I’ve got a break coming up so I will put my feet up for about 10 days and relax and come back refreshed and put this season’s disappointment out of my mind and make a decision then,” Smith said.

The Storm went down to the Sydney Roosters by eight points in a preliminary final.

Chambers, was emotional on stage when speaking about his journey as a Melbourne Storm player. The 31-year-old said he will miss pulling on the purple jersey.

He also thanked Bellamy who was “like a dad” to him.

“To Craig, I came down here as a 28-year-old with more than a few rough edges and leave as a 31-year-old father of two.

“You’ve made me a better footballer and a better person,” he said.

Chambers played in seven Tests for Australia and 14 State of Origin games for Queensland.


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