1. CAMERON SMITH, Aus­tralia, Queens­land, Mel­bourne Storm cap­tain, RLPA gen­eral pres­i­dent

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

The most in­flu­en­tial star in the game since the leg­endary Dally Mes­sen­ger. No one has as much com­bined on or off-the-field im­pact as Smith. He con­tin­ues to re­write the his­tory books and will only add to his grow­ing legacy next year. De­spite be­ing 34, Smith pro­duced ar­guably his best sea­son to date, which has many sug­gest­ing he is bound for “Im­mor­tal­ity”. Smith has po­si­tioned him­self as the voice of the play­ers by tak­ing a role as gen­eral pres­i­dent of the play­ers as­so­ci­a­tion. He has a di­rect line to NRL boss Todd Green­berg and demon­strated dur­ing this year’s pay dis­pute that he knows how to use his voice. He plays a key role in Ma­roons and Kan­ga­roos team se­lec­tions, and although next year could be his rep­re­sen­ta­tive swan song, Smith has in­di­cated he is keen to play on for the Storm.

The king of rugby league: Cameron Smith cel­e­brates NRL suc­cess with his chil­dren.

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