Former Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith has taken a cheeky dig at Sydney while speaking at a lunch on Friday.
Appearing at Melbourne Victory’s business lunch, Smith said his team “thoroughly deserved” their premierships despite having two stripped over a salary cap cheating scandal.
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Smith retired after helping the Storm take out the 2020 premiership despite being based in Queensland due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Storm though had their 2007 and 2009 titles – along with three minor premierships – stripped after being found guilty of committing salary cap breaches over a five-year period.
The scandal has long followed Smith with Fletch and Hindy getting a few fresh licks in on The Late Show with Matty Johns.
Smith though was adamant the premiership rings still are of value to him when speaking at the lunch.
“We trained harder and wanted it more,” he said in vision shown on Channel 9.
“They’re still premierships to me. I still have my premiership rings at home. I put them on every now and again. They’re mine. I’ve got five.”
Storm skipper Cameron Smith flies home with the Provan-Summons Trophy.Source:Supplied
Smith also touched on his feelings following the 2012 premiership victory, including a cheeky message for Sydneysiders.
“I think that is born out of jealousy,” he said.
“I remember lifting up the premiership trophy in 2012. I was really happy for our club and I was really happy for Melbourne and Victoria but I was also sort of thinking stick that up ya Sydney.”
Smith last year spoke in more detail of the most disappointing aspect of the salary cap saga.
“I think I have softened my feelings on a lot of what happened in 2010,” he said in November on SEN 1170’s Breakfast with Vossy.
“It is a decade ago now. I mention that in my book and for those that go out and purchase my book, they will read and understand from my point of view what transpired that year.
“It was not just punishment that was handed down to the club. It was all about what it did to our organisation, the players and coaches.
“At no stage was I blaming David Gallop for what happened at our club in that he had anything to do with us breaching the salary cap.
“What I was most disappointed with was how that entire situation was handled and how punishments were handed down before the investigation was final.”
Originally published asSmith’s savage slam over cheating scandal
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