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Transfer Whispers, Cameron Munster, Dolphins, Bulldogs set to sign Penrith Panthers star Stephen Crichton, Cameron Ciraldo, news, highlights

The Dolphins are set to pursue Storm winger Cameron Munster by offering him a lucrative contract that would make him the highest paid player in the game.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are set to retain Panthers center Stephen Crichton, who is set to join Penrith assistant Cameron Ciraldo at Belmore.

Read on for the latest NRL transfer gossip.

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DOLPHINS set to become MUNSTER NRL’s highest-paid player.

The Dolphins are set to pursue Storm winger Cameron Munster by offering him a lucrative contract that would make him the highest paid player in the game.

The Courier Mail reports that Wayne Bennett and the Dolphins are set to offer Munster $1.3 million per season, which would be the highest annual salary for a player in NRL history.

The Dolphins reportedly want to use a salary cap strategy to avoid a $5 million mega-deal from creating a salary cap problem for the club.

Munster is signed to the Storm until the end of 2023, with the club refusing to let him leave earlier, so any Dolphins deal would have to start in 2024.

Cameron Munster and Wayne Bennett.Source: Getty Images

The Hurricanes complained to the NRL that the Dolphins breached rules by talking to Munster before November 1, but Bennett said they did nothing wrong in their attempts to land Munster.

Munster manager Bright Anastas has confirmed the Dolphins are interested in the star player but says no formal talks have taken place ahead of the November 1 deadline.

Come Nov. 1, the Dolphins will officially set a $1.3 million offseason cap hit over four years from 2024 to 2027.

The Dolphins and Bennett are desperate to land Munster for a second season after missing out on Marque’s signature to rebuild the club.

Giant Munster deal Queensland-born skipper Daly Cherry-Evans’ $1.25 million season deal at Manly is the biggest in the NRL’s 24-year history.

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NRL rules stipulate clubs must spend at least 95 per cent of their salary cap each year.

The NRL’s salary cap for 2022 is $9.4 million, but that is expected to increase in the next collective agreement, which is currently under negotiation.

The Dolphins plan to take a 2023 initial salary cap hit, which would give them an extra $470,000 on top of the 2024 salary cap, in order to keep Munster’s lucrative contract working within the rules.

Bulldogs ready to land Panthers Star.

Stephen Crichton could join the Canterbury Bulldogs as Penrith Panthers battle to keep assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo at the club.

A Daily Mail With the Bulldogs closing in on Ciraldo, the report claims the aspiring assistant coach could bring in State of Origin Crichton, who is contracted to the Panthers until the end of 2023.

The Redcliffe Dolphins, the NRL’s new 17th club, have also been linked with Crichton for several months.

Hometown starter Stephen Crichton (c) could become the third high-profile Panthers star to join the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

If that is the case, losing the 21-year-old back, who featured in the Maroons’ 2-1 series defeat for the Blues, will be a huge blow for the defending premiers.

Last year, they lost one of the best young talents in the game, Matt Burton, to the Bulldogs.

Panthers star Stephen Crichton has been linked with a move to the Bulldogs.Source: Submitted

But May could see Barrett’s ax lifted from the Panthers, with Crichton lined up to follow William Kikau, who will join the Bulldogs from next year.

The Panthers are eight points clear at the top of the NRL standings, while the Bulldogs are well outside the finals in 14th place on 10 points – from eight top five winners.

Ciraldo has been widely tipped to sign a contract with the Bulldogs until 2023, with the move gathering even more steam after a ‘secret’ lunch photo emerged earlier in the week.

Found photo 9 News Ciraldo and manager Cameron Ciraldo and manager George Mimis met with major Bulldogs shareholder Craig Laundy at Homebush, further signaling that the deal was a done deal.

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