Cameron Smith – QLD Origin Legend announces shock retirement
by Ken Edwards, 15 May 2018
In a shock announcement, a mere 3 weeks out from State of Origin 1, Queensland Maroons & Australian captain, Cameron Smith, a Maroons legend and arguably the best NRL player of his generation (with a deft nod to Jonathan Thurston), has announced his shock resignation from representative footy. Smith has understandably made the decision to spend more time with his young family.
Smith’s announcement has made an immediate impact on the 2018 State of Origin odds within moments. Betting Top 10 Australia analyses Smith’s retirement announcement.
Cameron Smith – is he the best NRL player ever?
Within a few moments of hearing of Cameron Smith’s announcement, bookmakers all over Australia were scrambling to re-set the odds for the 2018 State of Origin series and for State of Origin 1 in Melbourne.
Queensland were already behind New South Wales in the betting markets as 2018 series winner. Bookmaker.com.au immediately adjusted the 2018 State of Origin odds, with Queensland moving out from $2.20 to $2.70 for a series win within moments of Cameron Smith’s announcement.
He is simply THAT good.
Apart from missing one match in 2008, Smith has not missed an Origin series since making his debut in 2003. The Queensland dominance during that time is legendary.
The Broncos tackling machine, Andrew McCullough, the Roosters’ Jake Friend and the Cowboys’ Jake Granville are the main contenders to fill Smith’s Number 9 jersey in Origin 1 at the MCG on June 6.
Greg Inglis is being touted to replace Smith as Queensland captain.
Smith will be sorely missed as Australian skipper too, with NSW skipper, Boyd Cordner of the Roosters’ primed to take over that job.
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