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Statement: Brandon Smith

Melbourne Storm has given Brandon Smith approval to explore opportunities with other NRL clubs from the 2022 season.

Contracted to the end of 2022, Smith has committed to Storm for 2021 but has requested an early release from the club as he looks at opportunities where he can play exclusively as hooker.

“Brandon is a wonderful player and great person to have around the club,” Storm General Manager Football, Frank Ponissi, said today.

“Given he is now a premiership player, national representative and has been a valuable asset to our team over the last few years, any move will only be considered with appropriate arrangements put in place.

“The Club has shown we are comfortable with negotiating these requests while also maintaining our performance on the field, given we were in the same position with Josh Addo-Carr only 12 months ago.

“We look forward to having Brandon back on the track on January 4 along with his teammates as they prepare for the 2021 season.”

Acknowledgement of Country

Melbourne Storm respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.