Coach hoping Smith sticks with Storm
WITH the Brisbane Broncos circling hooker Cameron Smith, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said it would be hard to imagine his skipper playing for any other team.
Brisbane is believed to be putting together a three-year deal worth over $3 million to entice the world's best No.9 to move to Red Hill from the 2015 NRL season.
But Bellamy, who himself turned down a massive offer from St George Illawarra this year, did his best to publicly try and persuade the 30-year-old Queenslander to stay in Victoria.
"It is hard to imagine Cameron Smith not playing in purple in club footy," he said yesterday.
"He has had 12 years here and what he has done for this club and the game has been simply outstanding.
"I think it will be a real shame if he didn't finish his career here with the Storm."
Bellamy admitted the NRL's worst-kept secret - that the Broncos have been in discussions with the veteran rake.
"I've had a couple of talks with him (Smith). I know it is going to be a big decision for him and we're very respectful of that," he added.
Bellamy said he wanted Smith to make a decision quickly to end speculation.
"We'd like that decision as soon as possible so we can plan from there," he said.
The 2012 premiership-winning coach said he couldn't leave Melbourne because of the strong ties he had built at the club.