As if getting knocked out of week one of the finals for the first time in eight years wasn't bad enough for Melbourne Storm fans, club legend Cameron Smith has delivered another hammer blow.
The former captain and future immortal, who still maintains close ties to the club where he played 430 games and won three premierships, doesn’t like what he's hearing or seeing on the Cameron Munster front.
Not one little bit.
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Smith believes the gifted utility back will be wearing a Dolphins jersey by 2024, continuing an exodus of star players to leaving the one-time premiership powerhouse since the 2020 grand final win.
"As far as Cam Munster's concerned, if I'm brutally honest, if he was going to commit to the Melbourne Storm and sign on and extend his contract, he would have done so by now," Smith told Radio SEN.
"That's my gut feeling.
"We've heard (his manager) Braith Anasta come out and say the Melbourne Storm's offer is in the area it should be, so what's holding him back?
"I think if he wanted to stay at that club, and there was no other reason to delay the decision to commit, he would have done so.
"My gut feeling is – as bad as this may sound to all the Storm supporters and myself (because) I’d love Cam Munster to stay – I feel he’ll be going to the Dolphins."
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Munster is expected to re-open negotiations with the Storm in coming weeks after delaying talks until the club's finals campaign finished.
The end came on Saturday night following a disappointing loss to the Raiders at home, signalling the last game in purple for Kenny and Jesse Bromwich, Brandon Smith and Felise Kaufusi.
Those departures are hard enough for Storm fans to stomach.
But the greatest pain of all will be felt in 12 months' time when Craig Bellamy leaves the coaches' box after two decades of sustained success.
Munster now looks like following him out the door.
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