NRL 2020: The departure of Cameron Smith from Melbourne Storm is planned

Melbourne is expected to say farewell to Cameron Smith before the end of 2020 as a veteran of the NRL weighs his options outside of Victoria. 

The Sydney Morning Herald Smith is “extremely doubtful” to play for Storm next season and is planning to retire or play for a club in his home state of Queensland.

Wet-footed fans have been waiting for the 37-year-old ‘s announcement to come, but they’ve been in darkness all season. 

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The messengers say that Smith is scheduled to make a decision by the end of the week

Although Smith, the NRL’s most prolific footballer who spent 19 seasons in Melbourne, has the right to do as he wants at this point of his career, Storm needs to prepare for life without him.

Brandon Smith has contracts with the replacement dealer and the Kiwi Test until the end of 2022, but he told the club that if his captain plays next season, he’ll be looking to release his deal and look for openings elsewhere. 

Young gunman Harry Grant is on loan to the Wests Tigers this season, but he said he’d like to come back to Melbourne next year. Returning to Victoria, though, could be less enticing if he realized that Smith’s road to the number 9 shirt would be blocked for another season. 

There was talk that Smith could be persuaded to transfer to Queensland next season and sign with the Broncos, while last week the Gold Coast Titans emerged as a surprising player to secure his signature.

Brisbane is at its lowest ever, having only won three games all season and pulled into a string of off-pitch scandals, and last month’s chairman Anthony Seibold said the club would care if Smith came out in 2021.

Former Broncos and Queensland actor Ben Ikin, who was very fond of taking over the role of Brisbane ‘s CEO after Paul White ‘s departure later this season, publicly backed Smith’s pursuit of the club.

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