Storm boss slams Braith for using TV platform to drive Munster to Dolphins

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Melbourne chief executive Justin Rodski has said the club will not grant Cameron Munster an early release as the star five-eighth’s management weighs a potential NRL move to the Dolphins.

Munster manager Braith Anasta also used his platform as host of Fox Sports to speak about the player’s value to the Storm while indicating he intended to meet the Dolphins.

“His manager shouldn’t be talking about a move while the player is under contract for the next two years, that’s non-negotiable in my mind,” Rodski said.

Munster are courted by the Redcliffe-based franchise who will compete from the start of the 2023 season.

In an indication of the complexity of the NRL’s oft-criticized contract system, Munster can talk to the Dolphins about his future despite having more than 18 months left to fulfill his contract with the Storm.

NRL rules state that players can talk to rival clubs throughout their existing contracts, but cannot receive offers until their contract enters its final 12 months.

As one of the game’s elite stars – and given his heroism for Queensland in the Home State – the 27-year-old is seen as the ideal starting player for the new side of the NRL.

But Rodski shrugged off the idea of ​​letting Munster leave before his contract expires at the end of the 2023 season.

“We understand the interest in Cameron’s future… a player and his manager shouldn’t be talking about a move when the player is under contract for the next two years, that’s non-negotiable in my mind,” Rodski told PAA.

“Cameron is a contracted player and a required player for the 2023 season. He is playing very well and contributing very well to the team.

“The Melbourne Storm have not authorized Cameron Munster’s management to speak to other clubs about an early release.

“We are not caught up in what has been said or has not been said.

“We are just focusing on this year and next year and what happens next? Well, we’ll wait and see.

Storm shares have already taken a hit since the arrival of Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins with Test players Kenny Bromwich, Jesse Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi all joining the club.

Rodski suggested clubs that, like the Storm, have invested heavily in player development should be rewarded with salary cap waivers to retain their talent.

“I think there should be some form of veterans allowance in the salary cap to ensure players, as they enter the twilight of their careers, can continue to play and make a contribution,” did he declare.

“When you don’t have a draft, clubs invest millions and millions of dollars in player development within their academies.

“(The NRL’s existing contracting system) creates this frustration which I think the NRL is experiencing at the moment.

“I think there should be a review of how we can create a system that allows clubs to have some sort of salary cap protection and relief as a reward for developing talent to become top players. order in the NRL.”

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