Queensland great Cameron Smith has hinted this year’s Origin series might be a bit early for Melbourne Storm teammate Cameron Munster to take on the Maroons captaincy.

Smith captained the Maroons until the end of 2017, but shocked the football world when he announced his retirement from representative football on the eve of last year’s series.

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Greg Inglis and then Billy Slater in game three took on the captaincy role following Smith’s retirement, but both have since stepped away entirely from the game to leave a big vacancy as Queensland attempt to win their first Origin series since 2017.

Munster’s name has already been thrown into the ring as a contender to be the state’s next skipper, but Smith believes someone already in a leadership position at club level might be more suited to the role in 2019.

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“I really haven’t thought about it too much as I am still digesting the news of Greg Inglis retiring, but there are a few candidates that are available to Kevin [Queensland coach Kevin Walters] and the rest of the team,” Smith said on Monday.

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“Michael Morgan and Daly Cherry-Evans and I think Cameron Munster’s name has been thrown about.

“I probably lean towards someone with a bit of experience in a captaincy role or a leadership role.”

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