Playing future in limbo for Gladstone star
RUGBY LEAGUE: The immediate playing future of Gladstone's Sam Smith remains in limbo with the 21-year-old yet to be re-signed by the Central Queensland Capras.
Coach Kim Williams is currently putting the final touches on his 2018 squad, with the Rockhampton- based club looking to climb the ladder after finishing last this season.
Smith told The Observer he had "no plans yet” regarding next season, but is looking to stay within the Intrust Super Cup system.
The Capras offered the 198cm, 103kg centre a contract for next season, but claimed they are yet to hear back from Smith.
"We put an offer out for Sam Smith and that offer was there for a long time and Sam didn't take it up for whatever reasons,” Williams said.
"He then instructed me to deal with his manager which I wasn't keen to do - I didn't see the point to it - the offer had been there for quite a while. I've had no communication back from Sam telling me what he's doing so I moved on.”
Smith and his partner Rita are expecting the arrival of their first child within the coming weeks.
The former North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos under-20s player says he's happy to bide his time and won't commit to a decision until after his daughter is born.
Williams indicated the club has all but wrapped up its 2018 recruitment drive.
"We're not looking to contract anyone else that we haven't already targeted and the train and trial guys will fill up the final three to four positions,” he said.
"There's probably an opportunity if a quality player jumps out at us we're still able to do that and I half suspect that will happen.
"NRL clubs are still finalising their rosters. The World Cup is going on and there's a couple of players I've spoken to who don't want to make a decision until after that.”
The Capras commence pre-season training on Saturday.