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Smith refuses to rule out NRL switch

By Steve Jancetic 01/11/2008 04:24:51 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne and Australian hooker Cameron Smith on Saturday denied any knowledge of a reported $3 million offer to switch to the Gold Coast in 2010, but refused to rule out the possibility of leaving the Victorian-based NRL club.

Reports of the massive five-year offer from the Titans surfaced on Saturday with Gold Coast chief executive Michael Searle - who refused to speculate on figures - saying his club would be in position to make a significant offer to the Test rake when he comes off contract at the end of the 2009 season.

Smith, in camp with the Kangaroos ahead of Sunday's World Cup showdown with England in Melbourne, said he would wait until after the tournament before beginning the difficult task of sorting out his future.

"It's something that I can't take lightly, it can't be a decision made over a couple of days or a couple of weeks - it's got to be thought out properly," Smith said.

"I've never been in this situation before with the Storm - I've always re-signed before other clubs have had the opportunity to get at me.

"It is a big year but it's a big stage of my career as well - if I sign a long contract it could be my last one."

The Storm are believed to be under serious salary cap pressure despite losing a host of players this year including Australian centre Israel Folau and New Zealand forward Jeremy Smith.

Upgraded deals for superstar five-eighth Greg Inglis and halfback Cooper Cronk among others means finances are tight at Melbourne with the club believed to be in a position to only offer Smith a deal around the $400,000 a season.

The Titans reported offer of $3 million over five years is worth 50 per cent more and is believed to include third-party deals worth almost $125,000 a season.

Smith on Saturday denied he had held any talks yet with the Titans, who are desperate to break into finals football after missing out in their first two years in the competition.

"I've got no idea of offers from the Gold Cast at the moment," Smith said.

"I haven't spoken to the Gold Coast - at the moment I'm concentrating on the World Cup.

"It's the first of November and clubs have got the power to make offers now so that's something I'd have to have a look at once the tournament's over."

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