The Courier-Mail : 2020-08-11

SPORT : 54 : 54


SPORT 54 TUESDAY AUGUST 11 2020 COURIERMAI­L.COM.AU GILBERT GARDINER ROBERT CRADDOCK CHRIS HONNERY THE Broncos desire to recruit ageless champion Cameron Smith next season has intensifie­d after the club’s week from hell. Signing with the Broncos is considered the third most likely outcome for 37-year-old Smith next year, behind retirement or re-signing for a 20th season with the Melbourne Storm. But the Broncos, despite not being in any rush to make the approach, will not die wondering and will play up the virtues of Smith and his family moving back to Queensland as a transition to retirement. There is a chance Smith could be offered an off-field role with the club if he retires as a player, but it would be far more attractive for the Broncos to have him playing his final season at hooker. With Darius Boyd retiring and the team flounderin­g near the bottom of the ladder, the Broncos have a chronic shortage of leaders ers BCME01Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW