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Friday, 12 July 2019

How Smith changed the NRL in illustrious career


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Ahead of Cameron Smith's 400th NRL game, league legends have lavished praise on the Storm skipper and discussed just what makes him such a special player.

Smith will become the first man to play 400 career matches, and holds a significant gap ahead of his former teammate Cooper Cronk is currently second on the all-time games list.

NRL Immortal Andrew Johns praised Smith for revolutionising the No.9 position over the years.

"He sees the game like a halfback and controls he game like a halfback. No one has ever done that from dummy-half," Johns told Wide World of Sports.

"Considering he makes 40-50 tackles a game, he's just so efficient with his energy, but he sees the game and has a feel for the game like the greatest halfbacks that have played.

Cooper Cronk Cameron Smith

"He knows when to pass, he knows when to run, knows when to kick. That's Cameron."

NSW Origin legend Brad Fittler praised Smith for highlighting the importance of a good pass unlike any other player before him.

"He's proven that the pass is the most potent part of our game," Fittler said.

"He touches the ball more than any other player and he passes better than any other player."

Despite being 18 years into his NRL career, the 35-year-old is still as fit as ever and shows no signs of slowing down.

Maroons legend Darren Lockyer praised Smith for his durability through his career.

"I always say if I'm going to want to win a football game, the first guy we pick is Cameron Smith because he just knows how to win," Lockyer said.

Cameron Smith

"The fact that he's playing 400 games. If you look at the amount of football he's played and what position he plays in, the work rate he gets through ... he just never wants to rest."

League legend Peter Sterling touched on Smith's leadership as one of his enduring qualities, both for club, state and country.

"I think Cameron Smith is the ultimate professional," Sterling said.

"He's articulate, intelligent, and clearly a good leader of men. I've watched him on many occasions when he has the chat with his teammates in the sheds and even out on the paddock, even though he's given that speech so many times, you can see that nobody loses eye contact with him.

"It's clear that whatever he's saying is worth listening to and everybody is very focused on what he does have to say."

Ahead of Cameron Smith's 400th NRL game, league legends have lavished praise on the Storm skipper and discussed just what makes him such a special player.

Smith will become the first man to play 400 career matches, and holds a significant gap ahead of his former teammate Cooper Cronk is currently second on the all-time games list.

NRL Immortal Andrew Johns praised Smith for revolutionising the No.9 position over the years.

"He sees the game like a halfback and controls he game like a halfback. No one has ever done that from dummy-half," Johns told Wide World of Sports.

"Considering he makes 40-50 tackles a game, he's just so efficient with his energy, but he sees the game and has a feel for the game like the greatest halfbacks that have played.

Cooper Cronk Cameron Smith

"He knows when to pass, he knows when to run, knows when to kick. That's Cameron."

NSW Origin legend Brad Fittler praised Smith for highlighting the importance of a good pass unlike any other player before him.

"He's proven that the pass is the most potent part of our game," Fittler said.

"He touches the ball more than any other player and he passes better than any other player."

Despite being 18 years into his NRL career, the 35-year-old is still as fit as ever and shows no signs of slowing down.

Maroons legend Darren Lockyer praised Smith for his durability through his career.

"I always say if I'm going to want to win a football game, the first guy we pick is Cameron Smith because he just knows how to win," Lockyer said.

Cameron Smith

"The fact that he's playing 400 games. If you look at the amount of football he's played and what position he plays in, the work rate he gets through ... he just never wants to rest."

League legend Peter Sterling touched on Smith's leadership as one of his enduring qualities, both for club, state and country.

"I think Cameron Smith is the ultimate professional," Sterling said.

"He's articulate, intelligent, and clearly a good leader of men. I've watched him on many occasions when he has the chat with his teammates in the sheds and even out on the paddock, even though he's given that speech so many times, you can see that nobody loses eye contact with him.

"It's clear that whatever he's saying is worth listening to and everybody is very focused on what he does have to say."

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