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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Smith breaks silence on Origin comeback


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Despite rampant speculation surrounding his Origin future, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith has ruled out an Origin return for Queensland.

With the likes of Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston retiring, the Maroons have been left with a massive void of experience heading into the 2019 State of Origin series.

However, Queensland fans hoping to see the Storm icon in the legendary Maroon No. 9 jersey will have to resort to watching YouTube highlights of yesteryear.

"My thoughts on Origin now haven't changed from the day I decided to finish up," Smith told the Daily Telegraph.

Cameron Smith

"I was fortunate to have my time at that level. Now it's time for the younger Queenslanders to take that jersey and represent our great state and do what they do best - create a bit of history for themselves and their own story."

Speculation surrounding Smith's possible Origin return was fuelled on Thursday when Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he wouldn't stand in the way of Smith turning out for Kevin Walters' side.

However, despite receiving the blessing to represent his state, Smith admitted that he was confused as to how the story of his return had gathered steam.

Craig Bellamy and Cam Smith celebrate their 2007 NRL Premiership

"I'm not too sure how this has got any momentum at all to be fair, he said.

"It's just come out of nowhere. I've got no intention at all to be available for Origin.

"I'm finished in that space of my career. I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately things come to an end. My time as an Origin player is now finished."

After making his State of Origin debut in 2003, Smith won a remarkable 11 series out of the 15 that he played in, before announcing his retirement on the eve of last year's series.

Despite rampant speculation surrounding his Origin future, Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith has ruled out an Origin return for Queensland.

With the likes of Smith, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston retiring, the Maroons have been left with a massive void of experience heading into the 2019 State of Origin series.

However, Queensland fans hoping to see the Storm icon in the legendary Maroon No. 9 jersey will have to resort to watching YouTube highlights of yesteryear.

"My thoughts on Origin now haven't changed from the day I decided to finish up," Smith told the Daily Telegraph.

Cameron Smith

"I was fortunate to have my time at that level. Now it's time for the younger Queenslanders to take that jersey and represent our great state and do what they do best - create a bit of history for themselves and their own story."

Speculation surrounding Smith's possible Origin return was fuelled on Thursday when Storm coach Craig Bellamy said he wouldn't stand in the way of Smith turning out for Kevin Walters' side.

However, despite receiving the blessing to represent his state, Smith admitted that he was confused as to how the story of his return had gathered steam.

Craig Bellamy and Cam Smith celebrate their 2007 NRL Premiership

"I'm not too sure how this has got any momentum at all to be fair, he said.

"It's just come out of nowhere. I've got no intention at all to be available for Origin.

"I'm finished in that space of my career. I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately things come to an end. My time as an Origin player is now finished."

After making his State of Origin debut in 2003, Smith won a remarkable 11 series out of the 15 that he played in, before announcing his retirement on the eve of last year's series.

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