We’ll be back, hungrier than ever
Shattered Smith sends a warning to the rest of the NRL
CAMERON SMITH SAYS THE AGONY OF the grand final loss has left him hungrier than ever to win another premiership.
The Storm captain already has his sights on next year’s big dance after experiencing the devastation of losing a grand final for the second time.
“After tonight, the fire within me has grown from what it was the last three years, after we won here in 2012,” Smith says.
“I’ve been in this position before in 2006. It was my first grand final and we got beaten by the Broncos, who were a big-game team at the time. That loss drove the entire squad, not just me, into that 2007 season.
“I’ve been lucky to be involved in multiple grand finals and won a few premierships, but this is a bit of a shallow feeling.
“You work so hard for 10 months but we are now in the same position as 14 other clubs . . . So when I go back to pre-season training, it’ll be all about grand final day in 2017. I want to be there and take this club back to number one.”
Smith points out that there’s a very good reason why the club can go one better.
“People have got to remember that Billy Slater comes back into the side next year,” he says.
“He’s one of the greatest players the game has ever seen and he’s played one game for us this year. As good as Cameron Munster has been, Billy is the best fullback in the modern game.” Munster shares that hunger with his captain. “Unfortunately I wasn’t up to my standards [tonight]. I feel like I could’ve done more,” he admits.
“I have a lot of fire in the belly for next year. I’m devastated. This [loss] has really kicked in.”
WATCH OUT IN 2017 Smith says the return of Billy Slater will spur the Storm to go one better next season.