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Sport NRL 2020: Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith eager to play on next season

14:00  18 november  2019
14:00  18 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith has revealed that he is eager to play on in 2020, however, he needs to first convince coach Craig Bellamy.

Smith etched himself into the record books during the 2019 NRL season, becoming the first player to notch 400 games in July.

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Speaking to Fox Sports News at a celebrity golf day around the Presidents Cup course, the 36-year-old was planning to discuss his future with Bellamy as the pair played 18 hours around Royal Melbourne.

“I’d love to play on, I’d love to play forever but we know that can’t happen,” Smith said.

“We’ll see what the coach thinks, I’ll give him my thoughts as well and hopefully well and hopefully we’ll come to a decision pretty soon.

“I’d like to play. I love the game and I’d like to play as long as I could but there are many questions to be answered. I’m 36 now, I’m not a spring chicken so we’ll see what comes out of today and we’ll make a decision then.”

“Our club situation is that we got some pretty good youngsters that play the same role as I do,

“I know the club is in a pretty good situation as far as the number nine jersey so we’ll see what the coach says today.”

After a disappointing end to the 2019 NRL season which saw the Storm eliminated by the eventual champions Sydney Roosters in the preliminary final, Smtih admitted that the desire to win one last premiership was willing him on into 2020.

“There’s no doubt that I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to win some pretty big games and play in Grand Finals, Origins and Test Internationals," he believes.

"I feel very fortunate to have done that.

“The goal is to always go back and win another premiership for your club side,

“We fell short last time and there’s no doubt there is motivation to go back and try and do that again."

The Melbourne captain is not the only Storm player who faces an uncertain future at the club, with reports linking centre Curtis Scott to grand finalists Canberra Raiders.

Smith was optimistic that they could maintain the 22-year-old centre, believing that he is an important player in their quest to win their fourth premiership.

“Yeah, I actually heard that second or third hand only a few days ago so I’m not too sure what Curtis’ thoughts are," Smith said when asked about Scott.

“I’ve got every confidence in the coaching staff and our administration to take care of that.

“I hope he comes back, there’s obviously a spot available with Will Chambers gone to the Japanese rugby competition,

“Curtis actually finished the season as a starting centre for us so hopefully that sorts itself out.

“He’s an important part of our squad and has been for a long time now,

“Hopefully he has some thoughts of coming back and trying to play well and play his best footy and maintain the success that the club has had.”

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