Melbourne Storm CEO Dave Donaghy says in-demand five-eighth Cameron Munster has told the club he wants to stay.
Numerous clubs are reportedly interested in Munster’s signature, as the 23-year-old becomes one of the NRL’s most wanted commodities.
He could demand up to $1 million per season from 2020, and Donaghy has eased fears Munster could be on the way out.
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“The one thing that I know about Cam is that he is straight up with us,” Donaghy told SEN Afternoons.
“I’ve taken him out for a round of golf, we sat down with Frank Ponissi and Craig Bellamy, and had very similar discussions around the fact that he wants to stay in Melbourne. He has looked us in the eye and told us that.
“For us, it’s about working through a structure and a contract arrangement which is acceptable to both parties.
“That’s going to take some time, and pleasingly for us to see him grow as not only an athlete but also as a human, the maturity that I feel he has shown around saying, look I want to put the team’s performances and my own performance leading into the finals and during finals before my own contract talks.
“I think that’s a really good thing and it gives us a bit more time to work with his agent and his reps to build that out.”
NRL rules state clubs aren’t allowed to approach Munster until November 1, when he becomes a free agent.
Listen to Dave Donaghy’s chat with Andy Maher on SEN Afternoons in the player below