“But I was lucky enough to play 15 really enjoyable years of Origin and my time’s finished.
“I’ll let the younger guys take that spot now.”
While not unexpected, Smith’s decision will come as a disappointment for Queensland fans.
Back in 2001, then-Maroons coach Wayne Bennett coaxed Langer – equally revered and then the same age as Smith is now – out of rep retirement for the 2001 Origin series.
History now knows Langer was man-of-the-match in the deciding game as Queensland rebounded from one of their heaviest series losses ever against the Blues the year before.
Smith, though, remains content to keep on keeping on at the Storm, the veteran hooker doubling down on his plans to go around again in 2020 under coach Craig Bellamy, despite being off contract.
“It’s always easy to say that you want to play on when things are going great at the moment and you’ve had three wins from three games, but physically and mentally I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt,” Smith said.
“I’m still enjoying turning up to training each day and training with all the boys and listening to all of Craig’s old messages and all that stuff I’ve been listening to now for 17 or 18 years.
“That’s not getting old.
“I know sometimes it can be monotonous but it gets results and that’s what we’re here to do – to get results and win games – and while we’re doing that, I’m keen to play on next year.”