Cameron Smith was forced to play halfback during Friday nights match against the Roosters with Brandon Smith slotting into the hooker position. Jahrome Hughes played lock for Melbourne.
Rugby league legend Brad Fittler believes the Melbourne Storm might need to shift Brandon Smith over to lock forward to fit young weapon Harry Grant into the team next season.
Grant, whos presently on loan at the Wests Tigers, has actually enjoyed a breakout season playing at hooker and currently sits at second on the Dally M Medal leaderboard.
The introduction of Grant has now put pressure on the function of NRL legend and existing Storm hooker Cameron Smith.
Brandon Smith (Getty) After the Storm came out victorious against a highly-fancied Roosters clothing, rugby league fantastic Peter Sterling questioned whether Brandon Smith would stay at hooker.
” Brandon Smith, if he is the next hooker at Melbourne, can he play the manner in which he has the effect out of dummy half?” Sterling stated on Nines NRL Sunday Footy Show.
The Storm have actually publicly mentioned on numerous occasions that they mean to utilize Grant next season when his loan agreement is up.
Presuming Grant returns and slots in at hooker, Fittler believes Cameron Smith should remain at halfback if he chooses to play next season with Brandon Smith to take up lock forward.
Harry Grant of the Wests Tigers runs the ball (Getty) Fittler said it would depend on the likes of Hughes and Ryley Jacks to stand and challenge their colleagues for starting roles.
” Hes (Brandon Smith) played a lot lock forward, its provided the coach a really good look to say, well we have Harry Grant sitting at the Tigers,” he said.
” You suddenly bring Harry Grant back and then Cameron Smith can play another year but at halfback.
” Then you have Jahrome Hughes and Ryley Jacks just sitting there. One of them will have to stand.”