Andrew Voss believes Cameron Smith and Craig Bellamy have a mutual agreement to bow out of rugby league as player and coach at the end of the Storms’ 2021 season.
Smith will make a decision on his future before Christmas and is widely tipped to retire and move to Queensland, but Voss believes there could be a late twist in the saga yet.
“I believe, that Cameron Smith may have done a pact with Craig Bellamy,” Voss said on SEN radio.
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“I stand by this, Craig Bellamy has gone on record already, next year is his last as the Melbourne Storm coach.
“I see a romantic shot, of the great coach Craig Bellamy, finishing at the same time as the great player, Cameron Smith.
“The only coach Smith has ever had in first-grade is Craig Bellamy, and they have an opportunity, to go out together.
“At the end of 2021, we will say farewell to an incredible duo, Bellamy and Cameron Smith.”
Melbourne Storm part-owner Gerry Ryan told SEN that he believed Smith “had played his last game in Melbourne”.
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After 430 games for his one and only club, Smith would retire as the all-time games and points record holder, but Voss believes the Storm will miss him greatly if he pulls the pin.
“The Melbourne Storm and the NRL will be poorer without him,” Voss said.
“We could be just days away from finding out the plans of Cameron Smith.
“Finally, the games and points record holder, for many, the GOAT (greatest of all-time).
“The news out of yesterday, Smith moving to Queensland and set to retire.
Cameron Smith and Craig Bellamy celebrate the Storm’s 2020 Grand Final win.Source:Getty Images
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“That was according to Melbourne Storm part owner and director Gerry Ryan.
“He thinks Cameron has realised it’s time to hang the boots up.
“We’re told Storm chairman Matt Tripp is expected to travel to Queensland this weekend to meet with Smith, discuss his future, and a potential role with the Storm if he opts to retire.
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Cameron Smith launching his book at Suncorp Stadium with coach Craig Bellamy. Pic Peter WallisSource:News Corp Australia
“I keep hearing fans are tiring of the wait, to the point where perhaps they’re past caring.
“Well, I’m not one of those, I’m a rugby league fan first and foremost, more so than a rugby league commentator.
“I am a fan, and Cameron Smith is as good a player as I’ve ever seen.
“His form makes him still one of the very best in the NRL, and in my opinion, he has to keep going.”
Originally published asSecret ‘pact’ that could deliver Smith and Bellamy fairytale Storm farewell
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