Melbourne Storm legend Cameron Smith says his former club and teammates are deserving of the two premierships that were later stripped following Melbourne’s infamous salary cap breach.
The Storm had the book thrown at them in 2010 for cheating the salary cap by an estimated $1.7 million over five years, with former NRL CEO David Gallop hitting the club with a substantial punishment at the time.
The NRL fined Melbourne $1.1 million and stripped the club of their 2007 and 2009 premierships, plus three minor premierships.
Speaking to guests at a lunch in Melbourne today, Smith said he believed the club still deserves credit for the two stripped premierships due to the work and commitment put in during those years.
“We trained harder and we wanted it more,” he told attendees at a Melbourne lunch.
“They’re still premierships to me.”
Smith, who’s technically just a three-time premiership winner following success in 2012, 2017 and 2020, then joked he continues to wear his rings on at home, but doubled down that he rightfully deserves all five.
“I still have the premiership rings at home and put them on every now on again,” he added.
“They’re mine, I’ve got five.”
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