Cameron Munster is set to sign an extension with the Storm after settling on Braith Anasta as his new manager.
The development has seen Munster fall down the pecking order in the Dolphins’ pursuit of a marquee signing as their three-man hit list has been revealed.
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MUNSTER’S STORM EXTENSION IMMINENT AS DOLPHINS KEY TARGETS REVEALED
Cameron Munster is expected to sign an extension with the Melbourne Storm as the Dolphins target three players ahead of the Origin playmaker.
The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read reported on Triple M that Munster’s contract talks with the Storm are set to ramp up after he changed managers to Braith Anasta recently.
“Melbourne already had an offer on the table to Cameron Munster, but it hasn’t gone anywhere because he was sorting out his management,” Read said on Triple M.
“Now that he has sorted out Braith Anasta as his manager, I think that will step up now.
“I think Cameron Munster wants to stay down there and they want to keep him. In fact they want to keep all those guys particularly the big ones, Munster, Harry Grant and Jahrome Hughes.
“I believe they are talking to all those guys about extensions right now. Munster’s is the most progressed and now that he has got Braith on board I think that will get resolved pretty quickly.
“He wants to stay and they want to keep him. They know how valuable he is and it was just a matter of getting a manager there to help the process.
“Braith is there now and for Melbourne’s sake let’s hope they sort it out relatively quickly.”
Munster’s re-signing with the Storm is a blow to the Dolphins’ hopes of landing a marquee star, but their attention has reportedly switched to Kalyn Ponga and Storm duo Harry Grant and Jahrome Hughes, according to Read.
“I think Munster has dropped off their list,” Read said of the Dolphins.
“I think Kalyn Ponga and Harry Grant are the big ones they are after at the moment. Those are the two guys that they desperately want.
“I don’t think the Kalyn situation is going to be resolved any time soon because my sense is that while Kalyn is publicly saying, “I am committed to Newcastle and I want to win a competition down here”, there won’t be any rush to take up that option.
“It is going to be a matter of months so the Ponga thing is going to drag on and while that is dragging on the Dolphins are hamstrung because they want to keep money in case they get Kalyn.
“They are very keen on Harry Grant as well the Dolphins and Jahrome Hughes. Munster is not as high on the hit list as Ponga, Hughes and Grant.”
WARRIORS RESPOND TO WALSH RUMOURS
Warriors chief executive officer Cameron George has played down rumours young gun fullback Reece Walsh is searching for a move.
The 19-year-old had a breakout season in 2021, playing 16 games for the New Zealand side after being granted an early release from the Broncos.
Walsh had been linked both with a move back to Red Hill or the NRL’s newest franchise the Dolphins, being a Gold Coast native.
Despite reports suggesting he was uneasy at the Warriors, George believes the young star is “very happy” at the club but conceded a future move away was likely.
“I think whenever you hear those lines in the media you always raise an eyebrow,” George said on SENZ.
“The relationship we have with our players, it’s very transparent and we get that in return.
“We’re very engaging, i.e. myself, players and agents, there’s no surprises within here.
“We always know that at one stage, one day you’ve got a Queensland boy playing for a New Zealand based club, it could be a potential (move later).
“But what I can tell you is Reece is extremely happy, for me that’s just media talk, you sort of know where it comes from.
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“You’re better off just letting those things lie and just keep doing what you do good, which is having a good culture in the club and hopefully the players stay for that.”
The Warriors have added to their spine, pairing veteran playmaker and favourite son Shaun Johnson with the exciting prospect at fullback.
Walsh will miss the club’s Round 1 clash against the Dragons, serving a suspension for an off-field incident, meaning Chanel Harris-Tavita will wear the No.1 jersey.
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