The Storm have moved on from Cameron Smith, but Cameron Munster believes the champion hooker has "got a lot to give in the game" and will keep playing.
Smith, 37, has remained tight-lipped about his future amid speculation that he could join the Titans or Broncos for one last campaign after winning last year's premiership.
The 430-gamer, who now lives in the Gold Coast area, was recently spotted training at a local field and attended the Titans' trial against Burleigh, but the club have denied links to Smith.
Brisbane, meanwhile, have openly said they'd welcome the former Australian captain.
"I don't think he's done. I think he's still got a lot to give in the game, whatever team tries to sign him," Melbourne five-eighth Munster said at the NRL season launch on Thursday.
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"The June 30 [deadline to finalise squads] has now been pushed back [to August 1]. I reckon he's probably talked to [ARLC chair Peter] V'landys to see if he can get six months out of some other team.
"Knowing Smitty's pull, he probably would have rung [V'landys] up on his private mobile. It's going to be good for whoever gets him.
"The Broncos have got some good young talent, same as the Titans, and they're both young squads.
"To have someone like Cameron Smith in the side, leading them around and showing the qualities of a good player and the qualities of a good person off the field, I'm sure both of those teams would blossom and I wouldn't be surprised seeing them in the [top] eight in the next couple of years."
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Munster has spent the entirety of his career alongside Smith, but the cheeky playmaker won't hold back if he faces off with the veteran.
"I'll just do what everyone else does, try and take him out. I might be in the bin for 10, but I might squirrel grip him or something," he quipped.
"If I do get to play against him I'll be very thankful because I've played alongside him a lot. To play against him and see what he does against us would be cool.
"At , I know it's scary to say, but he's still one of the best hookers if not the best. I know he's not as quick as Damien Cook or the other hookers like Api Koroisau, but he's still got that aura and he can still play the game to his speed."
Munster added that while it would be strange to see Smith or off-contract coach Craig Bellamy in another team's colours - just as it was when Cooper Cronk left for the Roosters - he'd understand their decisions to benefit their families.
The Maroons star also weighed in on the NRL's newest rule changes, which include restarting matches with play-the-balls instead of scrums after the Steeden goes into touch.
"Some of the rules really work well. I'm just not a big fan of kicking the ball out and you go and play the ball at the 50-metre mark or play the ball at the scrum-line [when] the other team's set," Munster told NRL.com.
"Maybe just make the seconds a little bit less; instead of making it 30 seconds to [pack] the scrum, make it 15 seconds, just to bring the younger blokes and the backs into the game more.
"I think scrums are really exciting and having one-on-one [battles] with opposition numbers showcases how good some people's skills are. I feel like you're taking that away by just putting the ball as a play-the-ball. I think that's something we can really be looking at."