Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

NRL fans react to Cameron Smith announcing retirement from representative footy

Smith made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon Smith made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon
Lucia Summers | 16 May, 2018, 02:43

In breaking news, there are reports that Queensland and Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith is set to announce his rep retirement this afternoon.

As a stalwart of the Maroons, Smith oversaw the greatest period of dominance ever seen in the series, with Queensland winning 11 out of the past 12 series.

This means Smith won't play in the upcoming Origin series, leaving a hole in the No. 9 jersey for Queensland.

Smith is yet to confirm his Storm status for next year but all signs point to him re-signing for at least 2019 and unless injuries or age get in the way, he looks poised to help the Storm transition to the next generation.

"I love being involved in the game, love playing the game and this extra commitment of representing Queensland in the middle of the season and then representing Australia at the end of the year - it does take its toll".

"It does not guarantee me any seasons in the NRL but I like to think it does give me an opportunity to stay on a bit longer".

"In those big moments and big games, he was the one who kept everyone calm and on task to what they needed to do".

"As a kid growing up in Queensland, it was always a dream of mine to play for the Maroons, and to be able to achieve that and play alongside so many great players and work with passionate coaches like Mal and Kevvie has been awesome", he said.

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However, if you thought replacing Smith as a player would be tough, replacing Smith the captain is another challenge altogether.

With this year's Origin series looming large, the Maroons side suddenly has a good news/bad news situation on their hands.

Has touched the ball nearly 2200 times more than any other player at Origin level.

He won the Wally Lewis Medal four times to go with two Harry Sunderland Medals for the Kangaroos' player of the year.

He played 56 tests for Australia, including wins in the 2013 and 2017 World Cup.

For Lockyer, Smith was always destined for leadership.

"That is something that I did think about when I was coming to my decision", Smith said when asked about whether he could extend his Storm career now.

"By the time I was getting towards retirement, I don't think there was even a debate about it".

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