Melbourne superstar Cameron Munster has ended months of speculation by turning down a monster rivals offer from the NRL’s newest club to re-sign with the Storm by the end of 2027.
The Queensland native star has agreed to a four-year extension believed to be worth up to $4.5 million, ending a public bidding war between Storm, Tigers and the Dolphins who enter the NRL next year.
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Munster is understood to have given up a significant amount of money to remain in Melbourne rather than travel to his home state.
As recently as Wednesday, the 28-year-old told reporters he was still torn over the decision.
However, the ace five-eighth let the Storm know he would be staying in the Victorian capital before heading to England for the World Cup.
“I love Melbourne Storm and am proud to be committed to the club for another four years,” said Munster.
“It’s such an important decision for me and in the end Melbourne is where my heart beats, Melbourne is where I want to play my football and Melbourne is the club I’m going to for the rest of my.” career wants to belong .
“I’ve always wanted to be a One Club player. Storm gave me the chance to play NRL and the club has become my second home since I debuted.
“Both (my partner) Bianca and I have family in Queensland but we have settled in Melbourne, we have a great support network and we look forward to expanding our young family in the years to come.”
Storm chairman Matt Tripp said the club is thrilled the “generational talent” is staying with the perennial powerhouse.
“Cameron will always be a Queenslander, but we’re delighted that he now calls Melbourne home, too,” said Tripp.
“Cameron has matured a lot on and off the field over the last 12 months. He’s worked extremely hard in the offseason to get in shape and once again proved he’s one of the best players in the NRL.
“Most importantly Cameron has never been in a better place in his life, he is happy, healthy and settled with his young family and we are thrilled that he has chosen to stay with Storm and be a One to become a club player.”
Munster joins Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Xavier Coates, Justin Olam and Christian Welch, all of whom have signed long-term deals to stay with Storm at least until the end of the 2025 season.
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