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“It was pretty disrespectful”: Munster on Bennett comments

16 Jan 23, 6:22PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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At one point it seemed Cameron Munster to The Dolphins in 2024 was a certainty but things have not turned out that way.

When the NRL first announced that its 17th franchise would be based in Brisbane Munster was instantly linked with a move back to Queensland as he stated that he would be open to signing with the league’s newest team.

The speculation then intensified when super coach Wayne Bennett was confirmed to be at the helm of The Dolphins for the club’s first two NRL seasons.

However, in October The Dolphins were left shocked when the Melbourne Storm announced that they had re-signed Munster until the end of 2027.

Bennett then revealed that Munster had not informed him of his decision to remain in Melbourne before this news broke and that it had caused a rift in their relationship.

Munster has now given his thoughts on the situation in an interview with Channel Seven.

“I felt like it was pretty disappointing [Bennett’s comments] and [there] probably was a little bit of animosity towards it so that’s one of the reasons why I haven’t decided to ring him,” Munster said.

“I just didn’t like the way they went about it and probably threw my name in the media — it was pretty disrespectful — and saying I wasn’t man enough to ring him.

“I had every intention to but after those comments we felt like it was in our best interest to just leave it alone.”

Munster’s teammate Christian Welch then took to Twitter to give his thoughts.

“If we’re talking about admirable and respect, the approach pre-Nov 1 didn’t show much of either. It’s a two-way street… I’d say not a lot shown to the Storm or NRL contracting rules to start,” said Welch.

Bennett coached Munster during the 2020 State of Origin series where the “worst Queensland side ever” won two out of the three games to hand the Maroons a famous series victory.

Munster will be 33-years-old and coming to the end of his career when his current deal at the Storm is up so an eventual move to The Dolphins down the line now seems out of the question even if he and Bennett can repair their relationship.

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