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Icy relationship between Craig Bellamy and Brandon Smith is exposed after brutal repulsion, as New Zealand international reveals an unusual ‘special’ sentence he received while serving a three-match suspension for insulting a referee
- Brandon Smith leaves Melbourne at the end of the season
- New Zealand international has signed a two-year contract with the Roosters
- Storm boss Craig Bellamy reportedly got tired of Smith’s antics this season
- Smith was banned for three games in July for insulting a referee
Brandon Smith’s Melbourne career is drawing to a close and Craig Bellamy would be relieved to see the back of the man they call ‘Cheese’.
The New Zealand international will complete his move to the Sydney Roosters in just a few weeks, one of a quartet of stars who will leave AAMI Park along with Felise Kaufusi, Jesse and Kenny Bromwich.
However, while Bellamy singled out the final trio for credit after the Storm’s season ended with a 28-20 loss in the elimination final against the Raiders last week, Smith got no mention.
Brandon Smith’s spell with the Melbourne Storm will end in a few weeks
According to the Sydney Morning HeraldSmith ‘had worn out his welcome’ in Melbourne and Bellamy reportedly made it clear that he had had enough of his antics.
The Storm Whore has regularly made headlines this season and rarely for the right reasons.
Seemingly disappointed with Melbourne’s decision to commit to Harry Grant, as their long-term solution at No. 9 Smith announced his intentions to leave the club.
The 26-year-old rejected an offer from the Storm to sign a two-year deal worth approximately $800,000 per season with the Roosters beginning in 2023.
Smith has signed a two-year contract with the Sydney Roosters starting next season
If his decision to announce the deal during an extraordinary podcast appearance in December last year came as a surprise, Melbourne was unimpressed to learn that Smith had his desire to win a premiership with the Tricolors.
To complicate matters, the Kiwi star also claimed that the Storm had “a drinking culture,” a revelation that went down like a lead balloon inside the club.
Smith’s season went from bad to worse when he was banned for three weeks after calling referee Adam Gee a ‘cheat’ after being thrown out in Melbourne’s 28-6 loss to Cronulla.
Significantly, Bellamy Smith didn’t defend at the time.
Smith played his last game for the Storm when they lost 28-20 at home to Canberra in the elimination final last week
“I don’t know what he said,” he said.
“We don’t want our players to show such disrespect for the referees. All I can say is it won’t happen again.’
Earlier this week, the Roosters-to-be whore said he had been banned from training alone as a result of his suspension.
Storm boss Craig Bellamy had reportedly grown tired of Smith’s antics this season
“That’s not the norm, that’s very special,” he said.
“I think it was just kind of a punishment for not putting the team first. It was quite heavy and a bit of a grind.
‘Wake up early and train on your own, that gets pretty boring. But the fact that I can just hang out with the boys now makes me a lot more grateful that I’m in a team sport.’