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Melbourne Storm winger Matt Duffie reinjures knee, season in doubt


Storm winger Matt Duffie will spend another large chunk of the season sidelined after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament at training on Wednesday.

The one-time Kiwis Test player has had a wretched run with injuries, restricted to four games last season after needing shoulder and knee reconstructions.

The 23-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing NSW Cup last season, and reinjured that knee this week.

Rookie Young Tonumaipea will play on the wing alongside Sisa Waqa for the Storm in their final hit out against Canterbury on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 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."


2 comments so far

  • Unfortunately Matt Duffie is one of those footballers,whose body just can't stand the rigours of rugby league at the elite level

    Dickie Knee
    Date and time
    February 20, 2014, 5:12PM
    • That's cruel. Here's hoping Duffie recovers fast and is back in action this season.

      Eel Freak of Parra Matters
      Date and time
      February 21, 2014, 2:31AM

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