Melbourne Storm captain

Storm captain Smith signs new deal

The 35-year-old hooker said he could retire after the Storm were beaten by the Sydney Roosters in last year's NRL Grand Final.

Stalwarts Billy Slater and Ryan Hoffman both called time on their careers at the end of last season after Cooper Cronk had departed for the Roosters following the 2017 campaign.

Storm legend Smith will not be following the trio out of the door, though, after agreeing a new deal which is set to see him become the first NRL player to reach the 400-game milestone.

Always. Proud. Forever. Storm.

Smith backs Storm snub, eyes World Club Challenge return

Runners-up to Cronulla Sharks in the NRL Grand Final, the Storm confirmed earlier this month that they had turned down the opportunity to participate in the annual event between teams from Australia and England, in order to prepare sufficiently for the new NRL campaign.

Smith twice featured in World Club Challenges - the contests that bring together the champions from the NRL and Super League - before the event was expanded to include additional matches.