QLD Captain Cam Smith Announces Origin Retirement

May 16, 2018, 13:47
QLD Captain Cam Smith Announces Origin Retirement

Queensland captain Cameron Smith is set to throw Origin preparations into chaos, with the 34-year-old to announce his immediate retirement from representative football this afternoon.

Smith's retirement from representative rugby league leaves a big void for Queensland selectors at hooker and in the team leadership with the Origin series starting June 6.

Cameron Smith knew his decision to call time on his glittering representative career was right when he told Queensland coach Kevin Walters and all he felt was relief.

"I think his performance in game three of last year's State of Origin series was one of the best I've seen of anyone at that level and he was at 34 years of age", said Walters.

"I just didn't get the same vibe that I've had over the last couple of years with him, with his enthusiasm and drive", Walters said.

The physical and mental toll of Origin, as well as a desire to spend more time with his family were behind his decision, while Smith said he hoped it would extend his NRL career with the Storm.

He captained Queensland to six Origin series victories, which included filling in for the injured Darren Lockyer in 2008 before becoming full-time skipper four years later.

He captained Australia during the 2013 and 2017 World Cups, winning both.

This comes after Jonathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk chose to retire from rep commitments at the end of a year ago.

"To me, that speaks volumes again of the person and character that he is".

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

"Respect and humility - he shows that every day".

'I thought his performance in game 3 of past year was one of the best I have seen from anyone at that level and at age 34 that speaks volumes, ' said Walters.

Smith's decision is likely to springboard Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough into contention for a Queensland debut, while Jake Granville of the Cowboys could be another option.

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