Storm captain Cameron Smith has no immediate plans to retire when his contract ends at the conclusion of the 2020 season.
Should he choose to play on in 2021, Smith would enter an unprecedented 20th season in the NRL.
Currently the most-capped player in history with 411 NRL games to his name, the 27-year-old revealed he has a spring in his step heading into the Storm’s minor premiership defence.
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‘No thought of retirement’
NRL: Cameron Smith says there’s no thought of retirement for him as he prepares to play in his 19th season for the Melbourne Storm.
“I’m loving footy at the moment and while I’m doing that there is no thought of retirement,” Smith told Fox Sports.
“But things change and for me there will be a point throughout the year where I have the feeling of whether I am playing next year or not.
“The best thing about it is Craig’s (Bellamy) door is always open. I’ve had open discussions with him about my form and my position in the team, the role that I play and whether that is still relevant week to week. Whether it has changed or if he wants me to do something different.
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“He is a pretty good judge and if he feels that this year is the right year to finish then he will let me know and if not he will leave me to my own devices.”
Smith considered retiring following the Storm’s 14-6 defeat to the Roosters in last year’s preliminary final.
However a rejuvenated Smith is now in a better frame of mind and is excited going into his 19th season.
“I guess it (retiring) seems genuine at the time,” Smith told The Daily Telegraph.
“Because you’re feeling such disappointment about the result and the way the season ended … you question if that’s the right decision to just finish there.
Cameron Smith in action against the Cowboys in a pre-season trial.Source:Getty Images
“We had such a good regular season where we finished minor premiers by three games – it was one of the better seasons any club has had in the history of the game – and to go out the way we did without firing a shot was really disappointing.”
Originally published asSmith could opt to extend his Storm career into a 20th season
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