Cameron Smith has put an end to retirement talk by confirming he will suit up for a 19th season with Melbourne in 2020.
The 36-year-old skipper will resume training with the Storm in January to prepare for next season after a record-breaking 411 games for the club.
"I've had a good break after another pretty big season in 2019. I've had time to relax and put my feet up and I'm feeling pretty fresh now," Smith said on Thursday.
"I'm looking forward to next year.
"I've been given some 'long service' leave [from training] as I had last year as well so I won't be back until the New Year.
"That seemed to work really well last year. It gives me plenty of time to freshen up and get ready for another gruelling season.
"I'm excited to see the squad improve on last year… and seeing the younger guys go to another level again in 2020."
Smith: Feeling fresh and looking forward to next year
Smith made his NRL debut in the 2002 season and played in all 27 games for Melbourne in 2019, finishing runner-up in the Dally M Medal.
Such has been his durability, he has made at least 20 NRL appearances in each season since his debut year, as well as playing 56 games for Australia and 42 State of Origin games for Queensland.