Brandon Smith played his last game for the Storm – and that thought seems to give Craig Bellamy some peace.

The livewire model half has consistently made headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months, after announcing his decision to join the Roosters before the start of the season.

This was ignored in the immediate shock following the Storm’s final loss to the Raiders, but Smith’s cold relationship with his former club was starkly clarified when Bellamy failed to mention Smith once during his press conference. post-match.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Sunday Smith had exhausted his welcome to the Storm.

Earlier this year, Bellamy singled out Smith when he criticized his team’s performance and Smith revealed last month that he received a special punishment from his coach following his umpire tirade scandal.

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After such a turbulent final season, Bellamy didn’t mention Smith’s name once when he thanked the starters for their service.

Felise Kaufusi, Jesse Bromwich and Kenny Bromwich all received special thanks from Bellamy.

Smith’s failure to earn a mention came after all four starters received special plaques in the club’s final regular season game.

Bellamy doesn’t seem to have the same respect for Smith’s time at the club.

Brandon Smith’s last match in purple. Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

Smith had made the decision to join the Roosters for the start of the 2023 season after the Storm finally deemed Harry Grant the club’s long-term No.9.

Smith rejected a contract offer from the Storm and eventually signed a two-year deal with the Roosters. The deal would have a third-year option in favor of the Kiwi and would be worth $800,000 per season.

The problem many Storm personalities had with the decision was how Smith publicly announced it during an extraordinary podcast appearance in December.

Amid a series of bombshells in the controversial chat, Smith said he wanted to “win a premiership” in a Roosters jersey.

He also suggested the Storm had a ‘piss-up’ culture – a comment which is said to have angered some sections of the club.

Smith in July also received a three-game ban and was trashed for calling NRL referee Adam Gee a “cheating bastard”.

After the match, Bellamy was unable to defend his player.

“I don’t know what he said. We don’t want our players to show that kind of disrespect to the referees. I can only say it won’t happen again,” he said.

After serving the suspension, Smith revealed that Bellamy also punished him by removing him from the rest of the squad.

Smith said he was banned for training away from the rest of his teammates during the three-game suspension and trained with the club’s fitness trainer for the duration of the ban.

“No, it’s not the norm, it’s quite special,” Smith said Tuesday.

“I think it was just kind of a punishment for not putting the team first.

Brandon Smith. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

“It was quite difficult and a bit painful.

“Getting up early and training alone gets pretty boring.

“But just being able to hang out with the boys now makes me so much more grateful to be in a team sport.”

Smith believes the club was trying to send him a message by banning him from training for those three weeks.

After being isolated from the team for so long, the Kiwi international has reflected on what time away from the main team has taught him.

“Just making you feel guilty for your actions by taking away what you love the most,” he said.

“And for me, with football, it’s about playing with my mates and my friends and enjoying it.

“They kind of took that away from me and it sucks.

“I have to hang out with the physical trainer and he’s not much fun either.”