Smith would have had to sit out under the NRL’s last-in-first-out rule after signing a two-year extension during the off season. However, Kasiano’s departure will free up the funds required to get under the cap and allow the veteran hooker to lead his team against the Broncos.
Speaking at the NRL’s season launch on Thursday night, Smith implored Rugby League Central to revisit the Storm’s salary cap sanctions after claiming Cronulla got off relatively lightly. The Storm were stripped of two premierships, while the Sharks were allowed to keep their 2016 title.
‘‘As far as looking at what happened at Cronulla and having the understanding of what I know happened at our club, it sounds quite similar, yet we were made to play an entire season without points and had premierships taken off us,” Smith said.
“It is almost like the same or similar crime with a completely different punishment. If you look over the course of time from 2010 to now there are a handful of clubs that have been over the salary cap by similar amounts and they haven’t been made to sit out a season or not play for points …
‘‘If they could have a look back and go over what happened at the Melbourne Storm over those years, you may find there is a different outcome.”