Smith fears playing on too long

02 March 2018 05:07:57 EST

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith says he's not sure whether he wants to play on beyond this NRL season.

He will go into what is the final year of his contract with an open mind, as his desire to spend more time with his family makes retirement an option.

I don't want to go a season too long, not play well and everyone say you should have got out.

Cameron Smith

Smith, who's also captain of Queensland and Australia, is likely to become the first player to break the 400-game barrier in the NRL if he continued on into 2019.

His Maroons and Kangaroos teammate Johnathan Thurson says he feels the veteran can play on into next year, though he also acknowledges that family will play a big part in his decision.

Last year, Smith achieved everything in the game, winning a premiership, State of Origin series and World Cup on the way to being crowned the Golden Boot winner.

Speaking at the NRL season launch in Sydney, he said he's worried about playing on for too long.

"I don't want to go a season too long, not play well and everyone say you should have got out. I would rather finish while I am still playing strong," he added.

"Family is a big part of my life - a bigger part of my life than what rugby league is now. That will play a huge part in my decision about whether I play again next year; at the moment in my mind I am not clear about whether I will play next year."

Thurston, who's one of Smith's best friends, said: "I'm being selfish, but I'd like to see him go on and make 400. It's within reach but I'm sure his wife has got other ideas."

Smith has all but ruled out following the example of former teammate Cooper Cronk and signing for a different club, saying if he didn't play with the Storm in 2019 he would probably retire.

Melbourne Storm are 33/20 to win the grand final.

The Storm are 19/50 to win their first game of the season against the Bulldogs, who are 11/5.

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