After months of speculation Rugby League great Cameron Smith has finally announced his retirement slipping in one final ear rub and crusher tackle on a Channel 9 reporter as he walked off the big stage. The Melbourne Storm won their Grand Final over five months ago and many have wondered what has taken him so long to make up his mind?
Given that the Storm have had 2 of their 5 NRL Grand Final’s stripped due to salary cap issues, perhaps he was waiting to see if it was third times a charm before making his final decision? Since it looks like Melbourne is in the clear for last years win, it appears he’s breathed a sigh of relief and has announced today that he’s done.
“Yeah it’s a big blow,” said Coach Craig Bellamy, “Cameron played 430 games with the Storm, so that’s a hell of a lot of ear rubs, crusher tackles and chicken wings. We’re likely never going to see that kind of injury producing output by another player.”
His wife Barbara Johnson said that fans who have been critical of Cameron for taking nearly five months to make up his mind should just calm down, as she’s still waiting on a response to the question, ‘Where shall we eat tonight?’ which she asked back in May of 2011. Barbara hopes that now that Cameron is retired he will have time to make his mind up as she is said to be still quite hungry.