Brandon Smith has played his last game for the Storm – and the thought seems to give Craig Bellamy peace of mind.
The fake livewire half has been constantly in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months when he announced his decision to join the Roosters before the start of the season.
It was overlooked in the immediate shock that followed the Storm’s final loss to the Raiders, but Smith’s frosty relationship with his former club was brutally clear when Bellamy didn’t mention Smith once in his post-match press conference.
Sydney Morning Herald announced Sunday Smith that it had worn out its welcome in the Storm.
Bellamy singled out Smith earlier this year when he criticized his team’s performance, and Smith revealed last month that he had received special punishment from his coach following the referee rant scandal.
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After such a turbulent final season, Bellamy did not mention Smith’s name once when thanking the departing players for their service.
Felise Kaufusi, Jesse Bromwich and Kenny Bromwich received special thanks from Bellamy.
Smith’s failure to receive a mention came after all four departing players received special plaques during the club’s final regular season game.
Bellamy doesn’t seem to have the same regard for Smith’s time at the club.
Smith decided to join the Roosters for the start of the 2023 season after the Storm eventually looked at Harry Grant as the club’s long-term No.9.
Smith rejected a contract offer from the Storm and eventually signed a two-year deal with the Roosters. The deal reportedly has a third-year option in Kiwi’s favor and is worth $800,000 per season.
The issue many Storm personalities had with the decision was the way Smith publicly announced it during an extraordinary podcast appearance in December.
Amid a series of bombs in the controversial chat, Smith said he wanted to “win a premiership” in a Roosters jersey.
He also suggested that the Storm have a “piss up” culture – a comment which reportedly infuriated some sections of the club.
Smith also received a three-match ban in July and was sent off for calling NRL referee Adam Gee a “cheating bastard”.
Bellamy was unable to defend his player after the match.
“I don’t know what he said. We do not want our players to show such disrespect to the referees. I can only say that it will not happen again,” he said.
After serving his sentence, Smith revealed that Bellamy had additionally punished him by removing him from the rest of the playing group.
Smith said he was banned from training away from the rest of his team-mates during the three-match ban and trained with the club’s conditioning coach throughout the ban.
“No, that’s not the norm, that’s pretty weird,” Smith said Tuesday.
“I think it was just kind of a punishment for not putting the team first.
“It was quite heavy and a bit jarring.
“Getting up early and training alone is getting pretty boring.
“But just being able to hang out with the guys now makes me a lot more grateful to be in a team sport.
Smith believes the club were trying to send him a message by banning him from training for those three weeks.
After being isolated from the team for so long, the Kiwi international reflected on what his time away from the first team has taught him.
“It just makes you feel guilty for your actions by taking away what you love the most,” he said.
“And for me it’s footy playing with my mates and friends and enjoying it.
“They kind of took it away from me and it sucks.
“I have to talk to the fitness coach and he’s not much fun either.
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