Cameron Munster has ended months of speculation around his future in the NRL, re-signing with the Melbourne Storm on a deal reportedly worth $4 million.
The Queensland State of Origin star has agreed to a four-year extension with the Storm, ending a public bidding war between Melbourne and the NRL's newest club - the Dolphins.
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According to James Hooper of Fox Sports, Munster turned down an offer of $5.6 million to join the Dolphins - who will enter the NRL competition in 2023.
His new deal with Melbourne is reportedly around $4 million.
On Wednesday the 28-year-old told reporters he was still torn over the decision.
However, the star five-eighth let the Storm know he would be remaining in the Victorian capital before heading over to England for the World Cup.
"I love the Melbourne Storm and I am proud to be committing to the club for a further four years," Munster said.
"It is such an important decision for me, and in the end, Melbourne is where my heart is, Melbourne is where I want to play my footy, and Melbourne is the club I want to be a part of for the rest of my career.
"I've always wanted to be a one club player. Storm gave me the chance to play NRL and the club has become a second home for me since making my debut.
"Both (partner) Bianca and I have family back in Queensland but we are settled in Melbourne, we have a great support network and we look forward to growing our young family in the years to come.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this process, and in my career, particularly to Bianca, my son Jaxson, my parents and extended family. Thank you also to my manager Braith Anasta.
“And finally, thank you to the boys, and everyone at the club, we have an exciting future ahead.”
NRL world reacts to Cameron Munster re-signing
Storm chairman Matt Tripp said the club was thrilled the "generational talent" was staying with the perennial powerhouse.
"Cameron will always be a Queenslander, but we are pleased he now calls Melbourne home as well," Tripp said.
"Cameron has matured a lot on and off the field over the last 12 months.
"He has worked extremely hard in the off-season to get himself into shape and has proven he is one of the best players in the NRL again.
"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 he has decided to remain with the Storm and will become a one club player."
Munster was reportedly on $1.2 million per season on his previous deal, meaning he sacrificed $200,000 per year to stay at the Storm.
His decision to re-sign with Melbourne has left the Dolphins still searching for a marquee signing ahead of their inaugural season in the NRL.
Munster joins Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Xavier Coates, Justin Olam and Christian Welch, who have all signed long-term deals to stay at Storm until at least the end of the 2025 season.
The 28-year-old has played 147 games for Melbourne, scoring 279 points.
He has also played 15 State of Origin games for Queensland and represented Australia four times.
This is a great re-signing for Melbourne … but a massive, massive blow for the Dolphins! https://t.co/WDwv748z1V
— Zac Bailey (@ZacBailey14) October 6, 2022
That is gooooooooood news.
— Hayley Wildes (@wildes_hayley) October 6, 2022
Wayne Bennett not much of a factor when you're already coached by Bellamy
— Stephen Rushton (@StephenRushton2) October 6, 2022
One man. One team.
This is Cameron Munster https://t.co/X0n7lNJxzb
— John Polizzi (@ThePolizz) October 6, 2022
I wish Cameron Munster well, he wanted to play footy with his mates and that was his decision and I can acknowledge that need, whilst I think he would have been a big signing for the Dolphins, Wayne Bennett will get the best out of the fellas in 2023. https://t.co/eOubSXT2Gj
— Shane Moran (@scoolm8) October 6, 2022
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