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Smith focuses on Storm NRL finals push

Cameron Smith

Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says contract talks are off the table as he helps the Storm find some winning consistency heading into the NRL finals.
Smith focuses on Storm NRL finals push
by AAP

By Melissa Woods

MELBOURNE, July 25 AAP - Melbourne skipper Cameron Smith says contract talks are off the table as he helps the Storm find some winning consistency heading into the NRL finals.

A battle is looming for the defending champions to retain their leader, with Brisbane reportedly desperate to lure the Queenslander home.

The Storm star isn't off contract until the end of next year but former Test captain Darren Lockyer is already urging the Broncos to pay whatever it takes to get Smith to the club.

The Kangaroos hooker and skipper said he hadn't spoken to anyone, including the Storm, about his playing future and only wanted to concentrate on this season.

"I just want to get back to the club and make sure I'm playing good footy," Smith told SEN radio.

"We've come off a pretty gruelling Origin series and we need to get the side back on track.

"We're coming off a pretty heavy loss to the Bulldogs and it's an important time for us to concentrate on the end of the season."

Ahead of their Auckland clash with the resurgent Warriors on Sunday, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said he hadn't spoken to Smith and wouldn't be pressuring him.

"We obviously want him to stay at our club ... Cameron will obviously do what's right for him.

"The Broncos sound like they're going to go hard after him but he's got another year here with us and, hopefully in that time, we can come up with a deal to keep him here.

"It would be a nice story to keep him where he started his career."

Smith and fellow Origin stars Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Ryan Hoffman missed their shock 39-0 loss to Canterbury but will line up against the Warriors.

They only returned to training with the side on Thursday.

"Obviously, the Queenslanders are in a good mood after winning the title again and Hoffy has come in pretty good as well," Bellamy said.

"Mentally, they seem happy enough but, until they get into the grind of it, we'll just see how long it takes them to get back into full playing health."


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