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Cameron Smith: only when he is gone will his subtle brilliance be fully appreciated – The Guardian

The seemingly ageless Storm hooker might be about to savour his last taste of NRL in Friday’s preliminary final against Canberra



In April 2002, Melbourne were short a halfback against Canterbury. With regular Matt Orford and back-up Marty Turner out, coach Mark Murray plucked an untested kid from Norths Devils and sent him onto the Olympic Park pitch alongside internationals and other figures long habituated to the rigours of first grade.
The Bulldogs took the points, but the 18-year-olds debut was composed and unflustered. Match commentators remarked on his kicking game and said he was certainly a player of the future.

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