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Can Smith play 400 games?
Only three players in 110 years of first-grade football have played 350 games.
Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith joined the illustrious group on Saturday afternoon. After featuring with a peerless display in Melbourne's big 40-6 defeat of Manly, talk turned to a chance of 400.
Could he achieve such a feat – and does he want to?
“I’ve heard a couple of people talk about the 400 mark,” Smith said.
“For me, I’m just enjoying playing at the moment. I’ve got another season to run here at Melbourne. Touch wood I stay healthy and can play as many games as I can.
“If I’m able to reach 400, that’s great. It’s not something I’m looking at trying to achieve. I want to play the very best I can this season for the club.
“But 400 – I won’t lie to you. That would be quite special and nice to achieve. It’s quite a long way away.”
Smith still had time to take in the occasion during the game and ran out with his three children.
“I took a moment before kick-off to have a look around and soak up the atmosphere,” Smith said.
“It’s hard to take in the whole week and the milestone of the 350 because my job was to go out and play well today, and get my job done for my teammates and the coaches.
“It’s nice we ended up putting up a pretty good performance and a strong win against quality opposition. It’s been a fantastic week for myself; celebrating the 350 and victory tonight, then back to business tomorrow.”