The 'Hectic Cheese' has a reputation as a jokester, but Brandon Smith's softer side has emerged after explaining why he gifted his NRL premiership ring to his mum.
The 24-year-old went home to New Zealand after massive grand final celebrations with Melbourne late last year with plans to thank his parents Tirohia and Shane for their support.
In his pocket was the diamond encrusted white gold ring, a symbol of his first NRL premiership and everything he had sacrificed to win it.
Gifting it to his mum was an emotional moment, and when recalling it on Friday, Smith got choked up all over again.
"It was super exciting times for me, and to be able to give that ring to my mum was a grateful moment for me," he said.
"She was very emotional, she's a bit of a cry baby anyway.
"She cries over pretty much anything.
"It was more so special for me to be able to let my parents know that they raised a kid who had a dream and made his dream come true."
Smith spent two weeks in isolation in New Zealand before seeing his parents and friends he grew up with, whom he says helped him achieve his first NRL title.
Now back in training with the Storm, he has his sights set on nailing the No.9 position before winning another title in 2021.
And should he win another premiership ring again?
"I guess I'll find out if there's a good charity to donate it too," he said earnestly.
"I'm sure mum and dad can share that one but if I get another one I'll explore my options to see if there's a charity worth donating the funds to if I raise enough."
Australian Associated Press