Melbourne Storm owner believes NRL superstar Cameron Smith will retire imminently as he moves his family back to their home state of Queensland
- Cameron Smith to retire from the NRL and move to Queensland, Storm boss said
- The 37-year-old is yet to make an official decision on whether he will play in 2021
- In October, Smith won his third NRL premiership with the Melbourne Storm
Whether the 37-year-old would hang up his boots before the 2021 season has been the subject of much speculation – with Smith yet to officially announce a decision.
‘He’s played his last game at Melbourne and I think he’ll retire,’ Ryan told SEN radio on Wednesday.
Smith (pictured with wife Barbara) is relocating to Queensland and is set to retire, according to Melbourne Storm management
Former Queensland Maroons captain Cameron Smith (right) stands with his family ahead of Game 3 of the 2018 State of Origin series between the NSW Blues and the Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
Smith has been delaying talks with Storm management and has already been inundated with job offers in an advisory capacity, according to Ryan.
‘I’m sure the Broncos would like to see him go back… He’s going to live in Queensland… AFL clubs will chase him down for leadership roles.’
Smith just won his third NRL premiership with the Melbourne Storm after they beat the Penrith Panthers in October.
‘The great man, I think he’s realised it’s time to hang the boots up, and what a great career,’ Ryan said.
The former Queensland and Australian captain previously said he would firm up his decision over the Christmas break.
‘I’ve just been trying to enjoy that, relax with the family, and over the next little bit before Christmas, that will be the time I will have to make my decision whether I’m playing or whether I’m not,’ Smith said in November.
Cameron Smith (pictured with wife Barbara) has said he will firm up a retirement decision before 2021