New Zealand Test hooker Brandon Smith says he's been assured that he will be the heir to Cameron Smith's No.9 jersey at the Melbourne Storm.
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The young Kiwi, contracted at Melbourne until the end of 2022, is such a ferocious ball-runner that there have been musings about whether hooker is actually his best position.
Smith Jr is adamant that he wants the purple No.9 jumper and says all conversations with Storm officials have been to that effect. Having previously denied that he was upset at being stuck behind the legendary hooker as his career extended to historic lengths, Brandon Smith insists he's happy to keep learning from the best.
"I've had a few chats with them about me being the replacement for Cam Smith and they've always gone in the direction that I expected them to go in," Smith told The Sunday Footy Show.
"I guess it's up to them whether they're telling me the truth or not; they're going to tell me what I want to hear.
"But I'm happy to take a back seat for the meanwhile and keep learning off the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). It's been awesome.
"I've been to some amazing games and been able to experience finals football, so at the moment I don't want to be too sour about being behind him. I'm just taking it how it is at the moment."