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Sport NRL 2020: Details of Harry Grant’s comments about Cameron Smith at Wests Tigers awards night emerge

22:16  01 october  2020
22:16  01 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Melbourne Storm hooker Harry Grant this week caused a major stir when he allegedly cast doubt over his return to Bleak City at the Wests Tigers’ club awards night.

News of comments Grant made when he was on stage to accept the club’s rookie of the year gong in front of 300 guests began filtering out on Thursday.

Grant enjoyed a breakout season for the Tigers after arriving at the joint-venture club on an historic one-year loan deal which sent Paul Momirovski to the Storm.

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The 22-year-old, who is expected to make his Origin debut for Queensland next month, is contracted to the Storm until the end of 2022 and is due to rejoin Craig Bellamy’s squad for pre-season training in the coming months.

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But Grant on Wednesday night appeared to confirm he will exercise a get-out clause in his contract if captain Cameron Smith re-signs with the Storm next season.

“He was up on the stage accepting his award for rookie of the year and the lovely Sam Squires was co-hosting and she was asking him a few questions,” NRL reporter Emma Lawrence, who is also the sister of retired Tigers legend Chris Lawrence, told Triple M’s The Rush Hour With MG.

“I think it was about the third question in she says something along the lines of, ‘And what about Cam Smith, have you had a chat to him about retirement?’

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“And he made a bit of a joke and said, ‘Oh yeah, he’s a great player but all I know is if he’s there next year, I won’t be there’.

“And I looked around thinking, did I just hear that?”

Smith is yet to announce whether he will play on in 2021 or call time on his legendary career.

The 37-year-old’s decision will directly impact the futures of both Grant and New Zealand international Brandon Smith.

While Brandon Smith is expected to ask for a release if his namesake does extend his record-breaking career next season, it has been widely reported Grant plans to return to the Storm regardless of Cameron Smith’s plans.

Grant’s comments no doubt sent shockwaves through Storm headquarters on Thursday morning and raised the antennas of the 15 other NRL clubs.

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This is interesting!