Credit: Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith says he can’t wait to run out at Perth Stadium when his side opens their NRL title defence during Saturday’s clash with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The game will be the first rugby league event at the new Perth Stadium as part of a Double-Header where the Rabbitohs also take on Warriors.

“I’m really looking forward this opportunity, it’s great to be involved in a double header,” Smith said.

“It’s great to be able to bring rugby league out to the West.”

Smith, who is preparing for his seventieth season with the Storm is no stranger to the West, having played four NRL games and an International Test at NIB Stadium.

When asked about a possible league expansion, Smith said he is in favour of adding a Perth team to the 16-team competition.

“I think that would be only a positive for our game to take it elsewhere other than Queensland, NSW, Victoria and New Zealand.

“I’ve been involved in at least half a dozen games over here in Western Australia and every time we play in a game out here we have great crowds.

“I think the thirst for rugby league is healthy.”

Smith and his Storm teammates will take to the field at 6pm as they attempt to get their title defence off on the right foot.