Even in retirement the shadow of a legendary Storm skipper is looming large as the minor premiers plot another premiership assault.
Melbourne Storm co-captain Dale Finucane has revealed how Cameron Smith’s influence is still guiding the club as the departing veteran sets his sights on back-to-back titles.
When Cronulla-bound Finucane took over at the start of the year with Jesse Bromwich as Melbourne co-captains he still had a lot to learn about the art of captaincy and getting the best out of different characters.
The two-time premiership winner has proven to be a quick learner and will bring his leaderships smarts to the table in the qualifying final against Manly on Friday night with Smith’s techniques now a part of his own repertoire.
“Everyone knows Cameron’s technical and tactical ability and his capacity to read the game as a captain, but on the field his calmness was…