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Cameron Munster to test value, Melbourne Storm offer, Dolphins, contract, November 1 deadline, transfers

Melbourne will have to fight hard to keep Cameron Munster after manager Bright Anastas revealed they will test their bargain client’s value on the open market at this stage.

The Courier Mail reports that Munster have rejected the Hurricanes’ three-year extension offer, worth $800,000 per season, and several rivals, led by the Dolphins, are lining up monster offers to lure him away from Melbourne.

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But Munster manager Britt Anasta clarified the reports on NRL 360.

“Earlier today, Peter Badel published this story on the Courier Mail website, Cameron Munster has rejected his latest Storms deal, officially on the market on November 1,” Anastasio said on NRL 360.

“That was misleading. There was some miscommunication there. Just wanted to clarify a few things.

“Cameron is still negotiating with the Melbourne Storm. They have been incredible throughout the process.

“Matt Tripp is doing everything he can to keep Cameron at the club.

But in the current situation, it seems at this point that we will go to the market in November, but things can change between now and then. It is here now,” he said.

Paul Kent has laid out for Anastasio what it will take to sign an extension for Munster before the November 1 deadline.

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Cameron Munster is set to test his value on the open market.Source: Getty Images

“What needs to change between now and November 1?” Kent asked Anasta.

“I know it’s money, but the length of the contract?

Anastas said: “I think ideally Cameron and myself would like to move above the current salary cap.

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“Unfortunately, when they signed Papenhuizen, Hughes, Grant and Coates, they unfortunately limited their ability to move around capital because they prioritized players.

“That’s where we are. Hopefully, between now and Nov. 1, they can move somehow.”

“Just because he loves the club before doesn’t mean he won’t sign. He can sign after November.

“It’s definitely going to be a little bit smaller, no doubt.”

The Dolphins are adamant about scrapping a $5.2 million mega-contract to poach the Queensland Origin star if Munster test his price on the open market.

Cameron Munster is still in talks with the Storm.Source: Getty Images

However, Anastas denied that the Dolphins deal was already over the line, as reported by Channel 9’s Ben Dobbin.

“There was a rumor that he was going to sign with the Dolphins, but that’s not the case,” Anasta told the Telegraph.

“Cameron is a great player and his performances are getting better every week. Why rush to a new agreement?

The 27-year-old has scored 45 tries and 269 points in 168 games since his Munster debut in 2014 and won Premiership titles in 2017 and 2020.

He also played 15 Origins for Queensland and four Tests for the Kangaroos and will play for Australia during the 2022 World Cup injury ban.

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