Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Cameron Munster has been the NRL’s talk of the town for a few weeks now as fans speculate over the five-eighth’s future and whether or not he’ll end up at the NRL’s newest franchise The Dolphins.
Munster’s current contract is up at the end of 2023 which means that he cannot hold formal discussions with rival clubs until November 1st.
NRL 360 host Braith Anasta is Munster’s manager and spoke about his client’s future on the program last month.
“For Cameron to stay, and you’ve got to understand he’s not off contract until the end of next year so there’s no real hurry for Cameron to sign anything,” Anasta said.
“If he does stay he’ll have to take a big pay cut, so that’s for him to decide and for us to decide in the short term but he won’t be hurrying into anything.
“I haven’t (spoken to the Dolphins) but I’ve heard noise there’s interest there – and why wouldn’t there be?”
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For quite a while it has been simple after 2023 Munster will either remain in Melbourne or join The Dolphins in their second season as the Storm’s head coach Craig Bellamy has confirmed the 27-year-old will not be released early.
There has been a twist in the tale though as a third club is believed to be showing a strong interest in Munster and will pursue him at the end of this season.
Michael Carayannis and Brent Read of The Daily Telegraph are reporting that the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs will try to sign the Queensland State of Origin representative.
“Rumours connecting Munster to the Bulldogs emerged late last week and while the Storm remain hopeful that their star five-eighth will extend his deal, they would be silly to underestimate the pulling power of Canterbury head of football Phil Gould,” said the report.
The Bulldogs have dealt with issues in their halves ever since Keiran Foran joined the club in 2018 and had a tough run with injury.
For now, Kyle Flanagan will make his return to the first-grade side against the Penrith Panthers on Sunday night.
Penrith are the defending premiers and are currently undefeated, making them the ultimate hill to climb for the Bulldogs who have won just one game this season.