NRL’s Bellamy says Smith human after all

It seems Cameron Smith is human, after all.


Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has surprisingly revealed the recently crowned Dally M medallist isn’t always the model footballer.

Test and Queensland skipper Smith can do no wrong on the field this year after collecting a second Dally M 11 years after his first in a record breaking season.

There may be more spoils ahead, with the Storm unbackable favourites to end North Queensland’s giant-killing run in Sunday’s NRL grand final.

Smith has already been hailed as a future Immortal but Bellamy claimed his laid-back leader certainly wasn’t perfect.

“I remember early in both our careers … he used to get me very, very frustrated with his laid-back attitude,” Bellamy told Fox Sports’ NRL 360.

“I don’t think he is ever late for anything but often he would be 30 seconds early when everyone else was five minutes early.”

But it seems all is forgiven for Bellamy ahead of his seventh grand final and what he hopes is a third premiership for Melbourne.

“At times he did frustrate me a little bit but as time has gone on I balanced that out with what he has given me on the field, and what he has given to the other players,” Bellamy said.

“After what he has done you can take a little bit more of the laid-back attitude that he has got.”

Another premiership would cap a milestone season for Smith.

Smith, 34, rewrote the history books yet again when he became the oldest player to claim the Dally M Medal on Wednesday night.

This year he also overtook Darren Lockyer’s record for most NRL games and became the first man to play more than 40 State of Origin matches.

But former NSW captain Ben Elias said Smith’s greatness could not be measured in stats.

“He is methodical in every way. He is cool, he is calm even when they are getting beat by eight points,” he told NRL 360.

“That quality is just phenomenal in sport.

“If you can maintain your steel, stay composed, it has that wonderful effect on the others around you.”