AUSTRALIAN Regional Media has marked Queensland skipper Cameron Smith's pending record State of Origin appearance with a special presentation.

And it's a celebration you, dear reader, will get to share in too.

A giant portrait of the rugby league great by cartoonist Broelman was given to Smith by the paper at Maroons' training on the Gold Coast yesterday. It acknowledges his 37th game, where he will become the most capped Queensland Origin player, to be played next Wednesday in Sydney.

A copy of the special commemorative poster will appear in next Tuesday's paper for you.

Smith, at a break in training camp, was impressed with Broelman's work.

''This is a nice little piece of memorabilia. You've looked after me there, I've probably got a worse head than that,'' he said.

He would cherish it.

''That'll certainly find a place in my house to hang up and to have a look at for many years.''

He was looking forward to breaking the record.

''Very special. It's never a target or something I set out to do but it's ended up that way.

''Again, I'm very fortunate to play so many games for Queensland.''

Get next Tuesday's paper for your free Souvenir Smith poster.


Two hospitalised after car crash

premium_icon Two hospitalised after car crash

Emergency services are at the scene.

‘CAN’T BELIEVE IT’: CQ couple wins jackpot

premium_icon ‘CAN’T BELIEVE IT’: CQ couple wins jackpot

Couple reveals how they’re going to spend their Lotto win.

Young dad repeats drink driving mistake

premium_icon Young dad repeats drink driving mistake

The 22-year-old said the reason he blew over the limit because he had not eaten.