Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith says he’s still undecided about his playing future and won’t be rushed into making a decision before round one.
Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says he’s still uncertain about his NRL playing future and won’t be rushed into making a decision.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy has said he like an answer before the round one match against Manly on March 8 on whether Smith will be at the club beyond the 2014 season when his current contract expires.
He believed that the 30-year-old Australian captain was leaning towards staying rather taking up a multi-million dollar offer to return home to play with Brisbane.
However Smith refused to confirm or deny that on Thursday.
“That’s Craig’s opinion, I’m still a fair way off making a decision,” Smith said.
“At the moment I’m still undecided on what my future holds.
“Ideally a decision soon would be best for everyone but on my part there’s certainly no rushing the matter.
“It’s an important decision for me and my family to make and I want to make sure it’s the right one.”
Smith admitted that prior to Christmas he had been favouring a move to Brisbane but it was “never a certainty”.
With three small children, Smith and his wife Barbara want to be closer to their extended families.
“It’s what’s best for our family and that’s been my message all along, that I think it’s really important that at my age that we do what’s best for them.”