Behind the scenes in the NRL have been dominated by one story.
The rise of the competition’s new side who will become the 17th in the league next season the Dolphins and the many players they’ve been pursuing.
They’ve chased and secured a number of signings ahead of 2023, but are still yet to secure the jewel in their crown in terms of recruitment as Wayne Bennett looks to do as he did at Brisbane and cement the Dolphins as a top NRL side even bringing in prolific St Helens boss Kristian Woolf to aid in his pursuit of this.
But the star player role the club wants to fill hasn’t yet been settled. They spent a long time chasing Kayln Ponga but he’s now set to remain at Newcastle whilst their other target’s future is still up in the air.
That’s of course is Cameron Munster whose agent Braith Anasta has said he has been left “confused” by his future according to zerotackle.
The publication have also confirmed that a decision on his future should come soon. According to them up to four clubs have expressed an interest in him whilst Melbourne are of course keen to keep him after a sensational season. He is very much the heart of Melbourne’s new spine as they’ve strived to replace the holy trinity of Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith over the last few years and have signed Harry Grant and Jahrome Hughes to long term deals.
This has prompted a bidding war between the two which is set to persist over the next few weeks. According to zerotackle, the first offer made by Melbourne was around $750,000 soon dwarfed by the Dolphins $1.3 million.
The bidding war does seem to be weighted in the favour of the NRL’s newest team but the prospect of staying at Melbourne – who will surely be back competing for the title in 2023 – could tempt him to stay.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, his agent Anasta confirmed that no decision had been made yet with talks pushed back until the end of Melbourne’s season which came at the hands of Canberra this week.
However, Melbourne legend Cam Smith believes that Munster won’t be at the Storm moving forward telling SEN Radio that if he was going to stay in Victoria he would have signed already.