2014 Preview: Cameron Smith
After a big 2013 season for Melbourne, Queensland and ultimately Australia, Cameron Smith is back in full pre-season training for 2014 and chats to Storm TV about the year ahead.
Smith achieved plenty in 2013, playing his 250th first-grade game, leading Queensland to an eighth straight State of Origin series and claiming the World Cup trophy with Australia, to name a few. However the Storm captain is eager to bounce back and improve yet again in the new season as Melbourne look to improve on their semi-final finish from 2013.
"I think looking back on last year, which we don't do often, I was quite disappointed with the way we finished last year," Smith said.
"So I think we just need to try to be more consistent this year as a football side, rather than last year it was a little bit unknown how we were going to turn up and play.
"We want to know that every time we walk out onto the field we are confident of playing well and coming away with victory."
Along with the club's other World Cup representatives, Smith received time off later in the year due to his commitments with the Kangaroos in October. The 30-year old is now back in full training and in great shape alongside many of his teammates.
"I've been really impressed with the energy of the squad and where we are at fitness wise, we're in great shape," Smith said during pre-season.
"The thing about this club that I've learnt over the 13 years I've been here is that if you work hard in the pre-season it usually means you are going to have a fairly successful season once the games start.
"It's exciting, I'm really excited to be back now, a month into training and looking forward to Round 1."