Cam Smith To Announce Rep Retirement

Cam Smith To Announce Rep Retirement

"I probably started having thoughts about finishing up my representative career a year ago".

"I would have loved to have played on for a lot longer", Smith said.

The 34-year-old has called time on his legendary career for Australia and Queensland, meaning he will not be available for selection in the 2018 State of Origin Series or any Kangaroos Test matches.

Smith said it was the "right time" to exit the representative arena. Looking back on it now I just don't think that's fair for myself, I don't think that's fair on my family and also my teammates back here at Melbourne Storm.

Since playmaker Thurston's debut in 2005, the pair have played a crucial role in guiding the Maroons to 11 series wins in 12 years.

Smith skippered Queensland 21 times and Australia 33 times after taking over from Lockyer at the end of 2011, claiming two World Cups as captain to go with his six Origin wins as skipper.

This comes after Jonathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk made a decision to retire from rep commitments at the end of a year ago. Smith has won two NRL premierships with the Storm.

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"Not only did they make me a better footballer and a better captain but a better person overall as well", he said.

But he paid tribute to Smith, who he described as an outstanding "ambassador" and "student" in rugby league.

Fox Sports reports that Smith, along with Queensland coach Kevin Walters, will hold a press conference in Melbourne at 1pm this afternoon, where Smith will confirm he is walking away from Maroons and Kangaroos football effective immediately.

Walters said it was fitting Smith's final Origin appearance in 2017 was one to remember.

"I thought his performance in game three of a year ago was one of the best I have seen from anyone at that level and at age 34 that speaks volumes", said Walters.

Cameron Smith, right, has joined fellow great Johnathan Thurston in worldwide and State of Origin retirement.

Greg Inglis is widely seen as the most likely option to replace Smith as Queensland captain, with Inglis and NSW skipper Boyd Cordner in the frame to lead the national team.

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