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Cameron Smith sets deadline for decision on NRL future

Storm legend Cameron Smith has finally revealed a deadline for a decision on his NRL future with the champion hooker to make a call in the next month. Smith’s future has been up in the air all season in one of the longest running soap opera’s in rugby league history, but the 2020 premiership winner…

Storm legend Cameron Smith has finally revealed a deadline for a decision on his NRL future with the champion hooker to make a call in the next month.

Smith’s future has been up in the air all season in one of the longest running soap opera’s in rugby league history, but the 2020 premiership winner is set to finally end the conjecture surrounding his immediate playing career.

Cameron Smith, at his book launch, says he still doesn’t know if he will play on. Will make a decision in the next month,” Chris Garry tweeted.

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The 37-year-old provided a hint that his days at the Storm could be over in an extract from his autobiography ‘The Storm Within’.

“There’s no way I’m re-signing for another 12 months if the club is going to lose either Harry or Brandon. I don’t want to see the club struggle in the long term just so I can play one more season.,” he writes in an extract published in The Daily Telegraph.

“I was well aware of Brandon Smith’s and Harry Grant’s situations.

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“And I knew that if I chose to play on in Melbourne, it would be hard for the Storm to retain all three of us, even though the club had said time and time again that it could.

“I appreciated that Brandon and Harry were building careers of their own. Brandon has established himself as the New Zealand No. 9, and Harry played 2020 with the Wests Tigers, where he had a standout season.”

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That leaves Smith with the decision to either retire from rugby league or play on with the Titans and the Broncos reportedly in the running for his services.

The three-time premiership winner has scored 2,786 points in 430 games of first grade which are both NRL records that may never be broken.

Smith has gone on record as saying he would put his family at the forefront of his decision and is keen to move home to Queensland to be closer to family.

The coronavirus crisis in Victoria is another factor that could influence his decision if the Storm have to play out of the Sunshine Coast again next season.

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