Is Smith most successful athlete of 2017?
CAMERON Smith has just completed arguably the most successful year by an athlete in any sport this year, but he may just be getting started.
Smith will enjoy a well deserved break after captaining Australia to World Cup victory over England on Saturday night.
The 34-year-old has one year remaining on his Melbourne Storm contract, but don't expect his illustrious career to be drawing to a close any time soon.
"It is the last year of his contract (in 2018), but the club is extremely keen to extend his deal beyond the end of next year," Storm football director Frank Ponissi said.
"He's indicated that as well through his management and himself.
"There's certainly no urgency to do that given he played his first game of the year in Hobart back in February and there he is still playing in the first week of December.
"It's not the right time now, but certainly for both club and player the plan is to sit down in the near future and extend into 2019 and who knows beyond that.
"You'd rule nothing out with Cameron."
Ponissi said Smith was hungry as ever to add to his growing list of records and achievements
"He just loves the game and competing," he said.
"He just doesn't look like stopping in terms of that hunger and that passion.
"The light in the belly is burning as brightly as I've ever seen it, and it doesn't look like it'll simmer down."
Smith's World Cup glory capped off a year in which he also led Queensland to Origin series victory and Melbourne Storm to the NRL premiership.
He also won the Dally M player of the year award, the international Golden Boot award and was very unlucky to not win the Clive Churchill Medal for best afield in the NRL grand final.
"I can't think of anything that is close to matching what Cameron did this year," Ponissi said.
"It has just been an extraordinary year, and it should be remembered he has done it at 34 years of age.
"It's an age many players are supposed to retire and in a lot of cases are slowing down, but for Cameron it is the exact opposite."
Meanwhile, former Storm halfback Cooper Cronk has dropped a World Cup-winning bombshell by announcing his retirement from representative football.
Cronk revealed he would walk away from Queensland and Australia to focus solely on his new club the Roosters next season.