Rep retirement gives Smith opportunity to play on

By Cameron Smith retiring from representative football, the Storm skipper will now make his sole focus playing for the purple jersey.

Storm fans will understandably be wondering for how much longer that will be.

At 34 years of age, Smith is playing just as well as he has in his previous 15 NRL seasons and show no sign of slowing down.

While his current contract set to expire at the end of the season the champion hooker is hoping he will have the capacity to play on now that he no longer faces the demands of representative football.

"That is something that I did think about when I was coming to my decision," Smith said.

"It does not guarantee me any seasons in the NRL but I like to think it does give me an opportunity to stay on a bit longer.

"I love being involved in the game, I love playing the game. This extra commitment of representing Queensland in the middle of the season and Kangaroos matches at the end of the year does take its toll.

"I'd like to think it will give me the opportunity to play on in our domestic competition if it is the right thing for my family and the Melbourne Storm as well."