Smith close to signing for 2019
Cameron Smith is close to finalising a new contract that will see him enter a record 18th season with Melbourne Storm.
Smith has played 382 career games, the most in rugby league history and should he take the field in 2019 it would put him within reach of becoming the sole member of the NRL's 400-club.
Storm CEO Dave Donaghy told The Saturday Telegraph signs were looking promising that the skipper would play on next season.
"Our discussions all the way through have been really positive and I'm confident we'll see Cameron play on in 2019," Donaghy said.
"Cameron's still playing at the highest level, his standards haven't dropped and when he ultimately finishes his career, he will be remembered as one of, if not the greatest rugby league player in history.
"He has the opportunity to do something nobody else in the game has ever done - play 400 games of NRL. And nobody may ever do it again. That would be a remarkable achievement given how tough our game is, but even more remarkable is that you won't hear him talk it up himself, he's too humble for that and it's all about the team for Cameron.
"If he's able to achieve it, in Melbourne Storm colours, that's something our organisation would be immensely proud of. He's given an enormous amount of his life to our football club, it's been a wonderful partnership for a long, long time."