Cam Smith To Announce Retirement Effective Immediately

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Slater is stepping in for suspended Storm skipper Cameron Smith and can use the AAMI Park match as an audition to also replace Smith as Queensland captain in next month's State of Origin.

State of Origin 1 is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 6th in front of well over 90,000 people at the MCG in Melbourne.

Fox Sports reports that Smith, along with Queensland coach Kevin Walters, will hold a press conference in Melbourne at 1pm this afternoon, where Smith will confirm he is walking away from Maroons and Kangaroos football effective immediately.

"It's been a fairly lengthy process for me to come to this decision", Smith said.

"From a personal point of view I would have loved to have played on for a lot longer but unfortunately we don't live in a flawless world and those things don't happen", Smith said.

The physical and mental toll of Origin, as well as a desire to spend more time with his family were behind his decision, while Smith said he hoped it would extend his NRL career with the Storm.

Queensland Maroons half Cooper Cronk celebrates try against NSW Blues with teammates Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.

"He's been a great person for the game, more than anything else", Walters said.

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"I feel really good".

"I play my leadership role within the team anyway and I'm pretty comfortable with that - I don't need the "C" to have a role as a leader".

He captained Queensland to six Origin series victories, which included filling in for the injured Darren Lockyer in 2008 before becoming full-time skipper four years later.

"It's been an absolutely enjoyable experience that I've had getting the opportunity to play for Queensland and to play for Australia".

Slater said he didn't want to speculate on who should take over from Smith in the Maroons No.9 jersey or his goal-kicking duties.

'I wasn't offering much at home, either as a father or a husband.

"If Kevvie asked me I'd give him my opinions but I'm sure they're capable of picking the right team".

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