The Broncos have called on the services of a multi-millionaire business tycoon to negotiate with Cameron Smith in a final play to lure the champion hooker to Red Hill.
The Courier Mail reported the Titans are officially out of the running and Smith is leaning towards retirement, but that hasn’t stopped the Broncos pulling out all the stops if he decides to play on.
Smith was at Suncorp Stadium to host a group of corporate companies at a guest speaking event on Tuesday.
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The fact Smith was talking about his life and career in rugby league hinted that his playing days are likely over, but the Broncos won’t give up on securing his services without a fight.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters confirmed the club is interested in Smith should he decide to play on and Brisbane have now used a rich businessman who lives near Smith on the Gold Coast to help broker a deal at the 11th hour.
Walters has not spoken directly to Smith since last November as the 430-game Storm legend went on a well earned holiday with his family, who have relocated to Queensland.
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While Smith is unlikely to play on, Broncos board member Darren Lockyer is holding out hope, despite the fact the 2021 season starts in less than three weeks.
“We have a little bit of room in our salary cap for Cam due to some player movements,” Lockyer said.
“But it’s a bit like the scenario with Craig Bellamy (Brisbane’s pursuit of the Storm coach), we are waiting to see what Cam wants to do.
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“If he decides to play on, he might be an option for us.”
While the Broncos remain confident they can table a competitive offer to Smith after the departure of a number of players on big contracts including Andrew McCullough, the Titans cornfirmed they are no longer in the race.
The Titans board discussed the possibility of signing Smith, but have decided against making a formal offer, which has narrowed Smith’s options down to the Broncos or retirement.
“I can tell you we haven’t talked to Cameron,” Titans CEO Steve Mitchell said.
“We’ve had some general discussions about what a great player Cameron is, but there’s been no real detail around it and we haven’t made an approach to Cameron.”
Originally published asBroncos bring in business tycoon broker as Smith’s future comes down to last chance saloon
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