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Cameron Munster opens up on traumatic negotiations, captaincy plans for 2023

Cameron Munster opens up on traumatic negotiations, captaincy plans for 2023


Cameron Munster has described his current contract negotiations with the Melbourne Storm and Dolphins as “probably the most traumatic time of my life”.

The Storm star had been linked with a profitable change to affix the NRL’s latest franchise amid negotiations that performed out publicly and dramatically for many of the 2022 season.

Ultimately he put pen to paper on a brand new deal conserving him on the Storm till 2027, rejecting a reported four-year supply from Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins value $5.6 million.

Now the 28-year-old has opened up on the psychological toll of the saga and simply how shut he got here to calling it quits on the Storm.

“I used to be prepared to inform a number of the boys I used to be leaving,” Munster informed the Sydney Morning Herald.

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“To be utterly sincere, the membership has given me a lot, they might have simply proven me the door.

“It wasn’t in regards to the cash in any respect; cash comes and goes. That is what I used to be actually in search of, to play till I’m 33 at such an important membership because the Storm.

“The loopy half is I’m not a traumatic man, I’m a laid-back individual the place nothing fazes me, however that was probably the most traumatic time of my life.”

Whereas Munster’s resolution to stay in Melbourne delighted the Storm, it infuriated these on the NRL’s latest growth membership given the excessive hopes they’d for the Kangaroos five-eighth to be their star man.

Wayne Bennett was particularly fuming that Munster didn’t name him earlier than the choice went public, even suggesting the NRL star wasn’t man sufficient to let him know the dangerous information first hand.

Munster stated he was now shifting ahead and had “let it go” regardless of earlier admitting to being harm by Bennett’s feedback.

“Me and my administration felt it was greatest to not open up outdated wounds,” Munster stated.

“On the finish of the day, he wished me to come back there, I used to be very excited by going there and, sadly, it panned out the best way it did.

“Would I’ve preferred to have dealt with it higher? Most likely, sure. However on the finish of the day, with the feedback that have been made, I’ll simply depart it at that.”

In one of the vital fascinating insights of his interview, Munster additionally make clear his captaincy aspirations on the Storm because the membership grapples with a management void.

Jesse Bromwich, Kenny Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi all departed in low season, that means a new-look Melbourne will likely be a a lot youthful bridge in 2023.

“Plenty of management and expertise has left the membership, and I’m most likely probably the most senior participant on the membership,” Munster stated. “That’s scary to suppose.

“There’s a number of hypothesis and query marks over whether or not I can lead the crew. I’m getting higher and bettering, however there’s nonetheless an extended strategy to go in that management mindset.

“In the event that they suppose it’s going to elevate my recreation a bit extra by having a bit extra accountability on my shoulders, I’m more than pleased to take it.”

The Storm kick off their 2023 NRL marketing campaign towards the Parramatta Eels on Thursday March 2.

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