Brisbane Broncos head coach Anthony Seibold said he is interested in signing Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith.
Smith – the first player to reach 400 NRL games – is uncontracted beyond this season after extending his contract with the Storm last year.
The 37-year-old Australia great was born in Queensland but he has spent his entire career with the Storm since 2002, winning two NRL Grand Finals and as many Dally M Medals.
It remains to be seen whether Smith will continue playing next season but Seibold – who worked with the superstar as an assistant during his time at the Storm and Queensland Maroons – revealed the Broncos will consider pursuing the veteran.
“Of course, it is something we would consider but it is a really long bow. Would he add something to us? Could he add something to us? Of course he could,” Seibold said on Wednesday.
“I worked with Smithy for five years at club level and rep level so I do have a really good working relationship with him. It is not something I have spoken to Cameron about or he has spoken to me about.
“A little bit of experience would be something to add to the group, going forward. I am not sure how long he wants to play for but Cameron would add not only experience but leadership and quality on and off the field to any organisation or any team… but I would assume that Cameron would finish his career at the Melbourne Storm.”
“This is news to me. We know nothing about that. At some point in the next month we will attempt to renegotiate a contract with Cam as a player or for him to stay at the club in another capacity for years to come.”
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However, Storm chairman Matt Tripp played down Brisbane’s interest in Smith midweek as the Melbourne club look to retain the icon in some capacity.
“This is absolute news to me. We know nothing about that,” Tripp told SEN Breakfast. “Cameron is contracted until the end of the year.
“At some point in the next month or so we will attempt to either renegotiate a contract for Cameron as a player or we will try and arrange something for him whereby he will remain committed and part of the Melbourne Storm in some capacity for hopefully many years to come.”
Smith has made 11 appearances for the second-placed Storm this season, kicking 49 goals with a conversion rate of 89 per cent while recording nine try assists.
“First and foremost I would try and convince him to stay. He is so important to our club,” Tripp said. “Whether that’s in a playing capacity or whether that is being one of the coaches, sitting on our board, there are many options for Cameron in terms of what he may do.
“All of those options to my mind involve the Melbourne Storm and certainly not a Queensland club.”