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Cameron Smith may buck Broncos' advances

Brisbane's hopes of luring Cameron Smith seem to be slipping away.

Brisbane's hopes of luring Cameron Smith seem to be slipping away. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The Broncos could miss out on the signature of Australian captain Cameron Smith as speculation mounts the Storm rake will elect to play out his career in Melbourne.

Brisbane has prepared a massive warchest to offer Smith a four-year contract from the start of the 2015 season, which could be the most-lucrative deal in NRL history.

Insiders had thought the deal to be over the line but Fairfax Media understands Smith may have had a rethink after spending part of the Christmas break back in Queensland.

His young family is settled in the Victorian captital and that will no doubt weigh heavily on Smith’s decision-making process.

Even his mum, Sonia, now believes Smith will continue to play in a purple jumper for the remainder of a career that will almost certainly see him retire as the greatest number nine in history.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy wants a decision from Smith as soon as possible, saying he hoped the 30-year-old would avoid dragging out the issue as the season start looms.

‘‘I’ve had a couple of chats with him since he’s been back into training,’’ Bellamy said. ‘‘I’d like to think that we’re a little bit more confident. But I don’t think there’s any decision in the near future.

"Hopefully it won’t take too long. I don’t think he’s actually made a decision on what he’s doing. We’ll need to keep working hard at that."

Brisbane have been desperate to bring Smith back to his native Queensland. The Gold Coast Titans went close a number of seasons ago but it seems location may not be enough to bring the Maroons leader back over the Tweed.

It would be a blow for the Broncos but could open the door for the club to launch a massive raid on superstar Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, who has quickly become one of the best playmakers in the game.

Canberra’s Anthony Milford will head to Red Hill next season and any pairing with Cherry-Evans would make Broncos fans drool, particularly given the club appears to be searching for a starting combination during the NRL trials.

- with AAP

4 comments so far

  • The Broncos should save their money and make a huge offer yo DCE.

    Date and time
    February 06, 2014, 8:26AM
    • MAY miss out? No wonder Ian Schubert retired, going through the Broncos books for salary cap audit must have been an annual nightmare.

      Date and time
      February 06, 2014, 10:24AM
      • It would be great if the Rebels got his signature as halfback. He would be awesome in rugby.

        Date and time
        February 06, 2014, 12:23PM
        • As much as Cameron Smith would benificial I think that he should stay with Storm who discovered him. Besides with funds available under the cap still, due to carefull recruitment policies, ie bringing through youth, if anything a DCE would be better long term.

          Date and time
          February 06, 2014, 1:07PM

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