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Question mark over Craig Bellamy’s plans is crucial to Cameron Munster’s future at the Storm

Cameron Munster ‘will NOT sign a new deal with Melbourne until Craig Bellamy’s future is resolved’ with supercoach weighing up his future at the Storm

Cameron Munster is unlikely to sign a new deal with the Melbourne Storm until Craig Bellamy’s future is ironed out.

The star five-eight is under contract with the Storm until the end of the 2023 season and the chances of him staying in Melbourne appear remote as he may have to take a massive pay cut to remain at the club.

Munster is due to make $1.2million next season and has reportedly been offered a new three-year deal worth $750,000. 

Cameron Munster is contracted to the Melbourne Storm until the end of the 2023 season

According to the Daily Telegraph, however, the Queensland star may consider his future even should the Storm increase their offer and won’t make a decision until Bellamy has confirmed his plans.

The 62-year-old is expected to make a decision by the end of the month and it is understood the club feel he will extend his deal.

‘He [Munster] loves playing for Bellyache [Bellamy] and it’s a really important part of his decision,’ said Munster’s agent and Fox League host Braith Anasta. 

‘It’s not all about money.’

Storm coach Craig Bellamy is expected to sign a new deal with Melbourne this month

Storm coach Craig Bellamy is expected to sign a new deal with Melbourne this month

The Dolphins have looked to seize on the impasse, reportedly offering Munster a $1.2million deal to lure him back to Queensland and make him their marquee signing for the 2024 season. 

The NRL newcomers have hitherto missed out on a landmark recruit ahead of their debut season in 2023, with the most recent rejection coming after Kalyn Ponga opted to sign a three-year extension with the Knights.

Munster has won two premierships with the Storm, but Melbourne have left themselves little room for manoeuvre from a financial standpoint to retain the 27-year-old’s services.

The star five-eight has been offered a three-year extension worth $750,000-a-season

The star five-eight has been offered a three-year extension worth $750,000-a-season

And has reportedly been offered a $1.2m deal to join Wayne Bennett's Dolphins in 2024

And has reportedly been offered a $1.2m deal to join Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins in 2024

The Storm have invested heavily in contract extensions for halfback Jahrome Hughes and hooker Harry Grant, who have penned four-year and three-year deals respectively. 

Both players are understood to have been retained on million-dollar deals, leaving reportedly unable to pay Munster what he wants. 

The discrepancy between the Storm and the Dolphins’ offers is such that Cameron Smith admitted he would contemplate leaving Melbourne if he was in his former teammate’s shoes.

‘If there’s a $500,000 difference, I would be tempted to go,’ the former Storm and Queensland captain told Nine’s 100% Footy earlier this month.

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