Hmmm, I'm inclined to agree to an extent, but I do think when you're the long term leader and you also happen to play a position that you've dominated in the side through your own brilliance for so long, and you're fully aware there is literally no one else in the pipeline to replace you, I think there is at least some emphasis on you to help the side you've poured so much into transition beyond you.As far as I'm concerned, Smith has done enough for QLD that he can choose to do whatever the **** he wants to.
If he was up in the air then fair enough, but at the bare minimum he at least owed it to Kevvie and the staff to keep them in the loop about his concerns as soon as they came up. The fact they appeared to be so utterly in the dark and genuinely shocked about his retirement is for me a bridge too far and a really tough one to defend. He has every right to retire when he sees fit, but he at least owed Kevvie and the Queensland management some notice so they could consider contingency options or even try to help him work through playing on a little longer if those concerns could be abated. I think calling him a coward is disgusting, but in this instance I can see his actions as being reasonably selfish.