Storm flyer Papenhuyzen insists team has no idea whether this weekend will be Cameron Smith’s final ever NRL gameOctober 14, 2020
Melbourne Storm flyer Ryan Papenhuyzen insists the side is no closer to knowing what legend Cameron Smith’s future holds despite this weekend’s preliminary final possibly being Smith’s final NRL match.
Smith is yet to make a decision with the 37-year-old also linked to a swansong at either Brisbane or Gold Coast.
“Everyone’s pretty focused on trying to win this year, once that happens we’ll see,” Papenhuyzen told SEN.
“There’s no pressure, he’s still turning up to training every day and doing what he needs to do.
“There’s a few jokes about it every now and then but that’s probably a reflection of the group… no one’s pressuring him into anything or knowing what’s happening.”
The Storm must first concentrate on the rolling Canberra Raiders and their blockbuster showdown at Suncorp Stadium this Friday night.
“I think our start will be really important, how we come out and start the game.”
Melbourne have enjoyed the week off while Canberra’s momentum continued by eliminating the back-to-back Sydney Roosters.