Munster set to snub Dolphins for Storm, Gus quashes Barrett sacking speculation

Storm star Cameron Munster has no intention of jumping ship for the Dolphins and is keen to sign a long-term extension to repay Melbourne’s death in him after a series of off-field dramas.

The 27-year-old veteran of 151 games for the Storm will return from suspension for the Mad Monday ‘white powder’ incident with utility Chris Lewis in Thursday night’s Melbourne showdown with Souths at AAMI Park.

Munster is under contract with the Storm until the end of next season, but that hasn’t stopped speculation that he will seek a release to return to Queensland when the Dolphins expansion side join the competition in 2023.

“I’m not making too many decisions at the moment, but I intend to stay here as much as possible,” he said.

“I just make sure I get the most out of my career and be a much better role model for the kids in the community.”

Munster said he owes it to coach Craig Bellamy to do everything he can to bring the Storm to another premiership. Bellamy will oversee his 500th game in the second round.

“Who knows where I would be if Craig wasn’t the coach here yet,” he said.

“Obviously I had a few indiscretions off the pitch, regarding party scenes etc. If it wasn’t for him, I probably still wouldn’t be here. He probably kept the faith and wanted me to stay here and he saw the good in me.

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Gus quashes Barrett speculation

Canterbury chief executive Phil Gould has hit back at speculation that manager Trent Barrett’s tenure could be under threat as he enters the second season of a three-year contract.

Speaking on 100% Footy, he backed the former NSW and Australian five-eighth to succeed at the club thanks to the multi-million dollar off-season recruitment campaign which saw the signing of several stars including Matt Burton, Tevita Pangai jr, Josh Addo-Carr and Matt Dufty.

“I have no questions about Trent, and I don’t know where all this trash came from,” Gould said.

“He’ll be coaching the Bulldogs for a long time as far as I’m concerned. He has such a wonderful nature as a coach and he has great knowledge, great delivery and he has great communication.

“Anyone who says these things doesn’t know about Trent and the job he does at the Bulldogs. He’s doing a terrific job and the boys backed him up with a great win this weekend.

Pangai missed the 6-4 win over the Cowboys in Townsville with a minor leg injury but is expected to return for the assignment at the Accor Stadium this Sunday against Brisbane.

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