500 first-class games for Cam Smith

Cameron Smith will play his 500th first-class professional rugby league game against the Bulldogs this Sunday, in a career spanning 394 NRL games, 3 World Club Champion games, 4 All Stars games, 42 State of Origin games for Queensland and 56 games representing Australia.

One of the most decorated players in league history, his 500th first-class game is among a number of milestones for the Melbourne Storm skipper this year.

He eclipsed the NRL all-time points-scoring record only six weeks ago and is expected to be the first player ever to reach 400 NRL games in round 17.

Smith made his Storm and NRL debut against the Bulldogs in round 5, 2002.

He played for Queensland in State of Origin the following year and in 2004 he was the Maroons number one choice as hooker.

At 35 years old, Smith has retired from representative football but is showing no signs of slowing down at club level.

Just this week he was rated as the best hooker, best captain and best player in the competition in the annual NRL Players' Poll.

With responses gathered from more than 150 players from across all 16 clubs, the results showed how highly regarded he is by his peers.

The club will celebrate our captain's outstanding career and his significant milestone games at AAMI Park in round 17.