Australian captain set to finish as a one club player.
Cameron Smith has signaled his intention to not change clubs in the NRL and has put pen to paper that will keep him at the Melbourne Storm for another four seasons.
After joining the club in 2002, the multi-year deal, believed to be one of the richest in the NRL’s history, will see Smith go down in history as a one-club player.
The 30-year-old turned down several tempting offers, with the Brisbane Broncos at the front of the queue to land the classy playmaker.
Smith remained coy if he had signed a new deal after round one, which had been expected early in the 2014 season, with a press-conference expected on Tuesday to make the news official.
As I said after the game, the win (against Manly on Saturday) was one of the best I’ve experienced during my career,” Smith said.
“It typifies what our footy club represents.
“Storm gave me an opportunity when I was a teenager.
“To finish my career as a one-club player would be very special. It’s an extraordinary footy club and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it.”
Depending on injury, Smith has the chance to become the most capped player in NRL history, with 93 games standing between him and Darren Lockyer, who played 355 games for the Broncos.
Brisbane has offered Smith a deal for the same period of time worth $1 million a year, which would make him the richest player in the NRL based on salary alone.
However, with the Storm fearing they could lose one of their biggest names, came back with a new deal that will keep him in the Victorian capital.
Cameron Smith fact-file
— Storm, Queensland and Australian captain
— 30 State of Origin games for Queensland
— 37 Tests for Australia
— 6-time Storm Player of the Year
— 2006 Dally M Medallist
— 5-time Dally M Hooker of the Year
— 2-time Dally M Captain of the Year
— 3-time Dally M Representative Player of the Year
— 3-time Wally Lewis medallist (Queensland Origin best player)
— 2007 Golden Boot winner
— Most points in Storm history (1513)