Smith is not as scary as Burgess or have Inglis athletic ability but is the best & most influential player in the NRL. If Cam Smith was at Manly we would go through undefeated & yes, that includes with our current front rowers. Plenty of recent threads on how to improve the attack, it starts here with the 9 - Smith skips out of dummy half playing direct ensuring his runners are going foward allowing only 1-2 players make the tackle. This leads to quick play the balls & momentum making the defence backpeddle with holes like swiss cheese for that set. Smith has both vision & a bit of pace to do what others cant & could fill in at any level as a halfback. Watch Widdops form become far more inneffective at Illawarra in 2014 with another 9. Forget DCE & Foz not playing their best - they need a platform to set Snake/Lyon alight. A.John/Thurston look ordinary behind a dominated pack. Ballin imo is a workhorse & reliable but its not fair comparing him or any other hooker to Smith, only Steve Walters in the last 30 years comes close. No team can boast a Cam Smith but the idea of having a quick explosive 9 after 25-30 mins each half is the closest to having this effect, changing the speed of the game & creating better attacking options.