Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has confirmed Cameron Munster will not be leaving the club in 2023 despite strong interest from the Dolphins.
The Storm are priced at 23/10 to win the 2022 NRL grand final and Munster will be crucial to their chances of going all the way.
Munster is under contract until the end of 2023 and Melbourne are keen to tie him down to a fresh deal that will run in to 2024 and beyond.
However their latest offer was knocked back as Munster is unwilling to take a pay cut. That will open the door for the NRL’s latest new club the Dolphins to swoop. There is also talk that Brisbane Broncos could make a move.
Bellamy admits there is a bit of uncertainty surrounding the player’s future. However one thing is clear. He will not be going anywhere in 2023.
The Dolphins are keen to negotiate an early release but Bellamy says that will not be happening.
“He’s a really important part of our team and a very popular part of our team, so he’s very valuable to us,” Bellamy told the Sydney Herald.
“We’d love him to stay, but he has to make his own decision. We will reinforce this, and I will get support for this from higher up in the club, but it doesn’t matter where he goes he won’t be leaving at the end of this year.
“He’s got a contract for next year and the club will hold him to that.”