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NRL 2019: Cameron Smith 400 NRL games, contract, no retirement plans

The Advertiser 2019-07-08 09:48:00

Cameron Smith is contemplating extending his record-setting NRL career beyond his current contract, saying he has no plans to retire.

The 36-year-old Melbourne Storm captain becomes the first NRL player to play 400 games when he runs out against Cronulla on Saturday.

Already contracted for 2020, Smith says he feels fresh physically and mentally and doesn’t have any thoughts of retirement.

He said Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy’s thoughts were that if he was still performing and enjoying the game, he should play as long as he could.

“At this stage I feel great physically and I feel fresh,” Smith said on Monday.

“I don’t have any thoughts of finishing up at this stage.”

He admitted it helped that the Storm were on top of the NRL ladder by six points.

“If we weren’t winning I might have a different outlook on my future but at this stage I don’t think I will be finishing up.”

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg sat by Smith’s side as he addressed the media and described the 400-game feat as an “iconic moment in the game”.

“It’s considered quite remarkable to get to 300 games so Cameron’s feat is astonishing highlighting not only his ability but his durability,” Greenberg said.

“To play 400 games all at one club — this is what I would call rarefied air for our game.”

Originally published as No slowing down: Smith hints at playing on in 2021