Cameron Munster says he WON’T leave the Storm while Craig Bellamy is still coach and claims he’s desperate to repay the club after it stood by him during white powder scandal
- Melbourne Storm star Cameron Munster, 27, is unlikely to leave the NRL club
- Declared as long as Craig Bellamy is in charge, he ‘doesn’t see himself’ leaving
- It’s a potential blow to Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins, who wanted him from 2024
Cameron Munster is likely to be a Melbourne Storm player long term, declaring that as long as Craig Bellamy stays head coach he won’t sign for a rival NRL club.
Speaking at Queensland’s first State of Origin training session on Tuesday at Red Hill, the 27-year-old also stated he wants to repay the club after they stood by him during the white powder scandal last year.
The development is a potential blow for Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins, who wanted Munster to lead the team from 2024 onwards as their marquee signing.
After Munster recently rejected a contract extension with the Storm, he appeared at long odds to stay at AAMI Park beyond next season.
But the goalposts shifted when Bellamy committed to remain as head coach until the end of 2023.
Remarkably, it will be Bellamy’s 21st season at the club, having replaced Mark Murray ahead of the 2003 season.
Cameron Munster is likely to be a Melbourne Storm player long term, declaring as long as Craig Bellamy stays head coach, he won’t sign for a rival NRL club
Craig Bellamy recently committed to remain as head coach of Melbourne until the end of 2023, in what will be his 21st year in charge
‘I’m really committed. I’m there until next year and I want to make sure I can repay the faith they showed in me last year after the incident,’ Munster said.
‘I want to give back and give them another trophy. That’s my mindset and motivation this year. I know I really want to stay at the club.’
The Maroons pivot then admitted he needs to ‘do what’s best for my family’ and stated he ‘likes what Wayne brings’ in terms of team culture and a winning mentality.
Tellingly, he told reporters that as ‘long as Bellyache’s still at the club, I don’t see myself leaving’.
Munster looked sharp at Queensland training at Broncos headquarters, with his former teammate at Melbourne Billy Slater setting the tone early for his squad.
Slater was flanked by the likes of Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Nate Myles and Josh Hannay as the Maroons look to wrestle back the trophy from the Blues.
News of Cameron Munster likely to stay put at the Storm is potentially a blow for Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins, who wanted the pivot to lead the team from 2024 onwards as their marquee signing
Munster will look to lead by example as Queensland look to wrestle back the Origin trophy from NSW (pictured, at training on Tuesday)
Munster conceded the 2021 series wasn’t one of his best, and the focus this week will be leading by example in all areas.
Looking noticeably fitter, Munster also addressed his alcohol and gambling issues in the off-season and is loving life as a father.
Incredibly, Munster admitted he has often trained while hungover in recent years at Melbourne, relying on his sheer talent as he endured some gruelling fitness and ballwork sessions under Bellamy.
Acknowledging he ‘gets paid the big bucks’, he knows consistency is key.
The Queensland squad will be based at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast until Monday before travelling to Sydney ahead of the series opener on June 8 at Accor Stadium.