Cameron Munster: Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett tees off after massive contract decision at “normal” Storm star

A frustrated Wayne Bennett has called Melbourne’s five-eighth Cameron Munster for failing to show up and tell the Dolphins coach he was staying with the storm.

Bennett claimed Munster “disappeared” by getting his high-profile agent Braith Anasta to tell the NRL’s new side, entering next year’s competition, of his plans.

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The Storm had refused to grant Munster a release from his 2023 contract, with the five-eighths facing significant interest from the NRL’s newcomers for the 2024 season.

Munster signed an extension with Melbourne until the end of 2027 on Thursday, but Bennett couldn’t hide his displeasure that it was Anasta and not Munster who informed the Dolphins of his decision.

Cameron Munster has upset Wayne Bennett by not personally telling him he’s staying with the Storm. Recognition: Joel Cararrett/AAP

“It’s pretty ordinary stuff,” Bennett told Triple M Brisbane.

“I understand something about managers and all that and there is a need for him.

“But what I struggle with is the fact that the players lack all the tough conversations that you have to have.

“They don’t call you and tell you they’re not coming.

“It’s a tough call that none of us want to make.

“If you want to be a man, you have to act like one and (not) get your manager to call and tell (us) you’re not coming.”

Cameron Munster stays with Melbourne Storm. Recognition: Getty

Munster adds to a growing list of failures for the Dolphins, who have also unsuccessfully tried to lure Kalyn Ponga to the club.

The club captured exciting full-back Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow from north Queensland this week, but Bennett lamented the attitude of the other 16 clubs towards the Dolphins’ NRL eligibility.

“The 17th team is an inconvenience because they will lose a few more players,” he said.

“What the game has never done is support a new team in terms of recruitment.

“The game should, like the AFL did with GWS and the Gold Coast, each club had to give up a player or two from their roster to make it more profitable.”

– AAP

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