Storm champion Cameron Smith is torn between retiring or playing on elsewhere as Melbourne powerbrokers feel he won’t be at the club next year.

Danny Weidler revealed Melbourne believe Smith will not be playing for the Storm next season, which gives him just two options as he considers his future.

“I spoke to the Storm and they are genuinely of the belief that Cameron is torn still,” Weidler said on The Big Sports Breakfast.

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“The way Cameron Smith is thinking apparently according to the Storm is that his mind is telling him he can still play football and his body is telling him he can still play football.

“But the private belief for Melbourne is that he won’t be playing for the Storm next year.

“That means one of two things, either a retirement or moving on.”

Smith has played 424 games for the Storm since debuting in 2002, which makes the prospect of him playing against his only club hard to fathom.

However Weidler believes Smith’s criticism of Cooper Cronk playing for a rival club could come back to bite him if he decides to play for an NRL rival.

“I think it would be a bit hypocritical in some ways if Smith decides to keep going given he was quite critical of Cooper Cronk leaving the Storm and moving to Sydney and playing,” Weidler said.


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“That might be playing on his mind, but the Storm feeling is he won’t be playing for them next year.

“But it is hard for the Storm to get a direct conversation with Cameron about everything that is going on.

“They are very cautious and even Craig Bellamy who is the only one who can really sit down and talk to him about it and there is some sort of weird stalemate between them where he doesn’t want to go up to Cameron and say, what is going on we need a decision.

“There is a level of respect and Cameron Smith has earnt that. Whatever you think about him as a competitor you have to admire what he has done in his career.

“He is a record breaker and the most influential player of the last 20 years at least.”

That leaves the Broncos and the Titans ready to pounce if Smith decides to play on, given his family is intent on settling in his home state of Queensland.

“His family are keen to settle up north and that has been the case for some time and I think they are in the process of doing that,” Weidler said.

“The rumour I heard was that when David Fifita was signing with the Titans he was being told there was the prospect of Cameron Smith coming there.

“Whether the Titans can fit him in is debatable given their salary cap. But if he suddenly became available they would make room.”


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