Cameron Smith Would Boycott Dally M Over Pay Dispute

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Cameron Smith Would Boycott Dally M Over Pay Dispute

Fairfax is reporting that Melbourne Storm captain and Dally M favourite Cameron Smith has said he would boycott the prestigious awards night if there is no resolution to the ongoing pay dispute. 

Although it is looking likely that a deal will be struck in the near future, Smith is committed to pull out of the awards night in an act of solidarity. 

"I would," Smith told Fairfax Media.

"I've been extremely fortunate to win one before, it was a long time ago. They don't (come often). It takes a lot of hard work to win one and you have to be lucky as well.

"I've made a commitment to this playing group and this RLPA cause. It's the right thing to do for our playing group and I'm willing to sacrifice that night.

"But I'm extremely confident that if (the parties) sit down and nut this out, we won't even have to worry about not attending the Dally Ms."

Smith said that although he may not have many more years left in him, he wants the best outcome for future players. 

"I'm the current Australian captain and feel very passionately about the players playing the game at the moment and the future of the playing group," he said.

"I'm 34 this year, I've only got a couple of years left and I really want this deal to set a standard for the playing group for the next five to 10 years.

"If we all come to an agreement we all win out of it, the players, the clubs, the NRL and, more importantly, the fans. The game can only move forward from here."