Cameron Munster will remain at the Storm until the end of 2027, officially inking a four-year contract extension with the club.
After months and months of speculation, Munster finally made a decision on Thursday night as Melbourne confirmed the news of his new deal.
Contracted until the end of 2023, all signs were pointing to the 27-year-old hitting the open market next month and potentially heading to the Dolphins to join Wayne Bennett.
Munster however has avoided the temptation of attracting offers from rival clubs, and will remain loyal to Melbourne for an extended period.
“I love the Melbourne Storm and I am proud to be committing to the club for a further four years,” he said.
“The club has always been supportive of me, even through some of the more difficult times, and I appreciate Trippy, Justin, Frank and Craig giving me the time I needed to think through the decision with Bianca and my family.
“It is such an important decision for me, and in the end, Melbourne is where my heart is, Melbourne is where I want to play my footy, and Melbourne is the club I want to be a part of for the rest of my career.
“I’ve always wanted to be a one club player. Storm gave me the chance to play NRL and the club has become a second home for me since making my debut.
“Both Bianca and I have family back in Queensland but we are settled in Melbourne, we have a great support network and we look forward to growing our young family in the years to come.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me through this process, and in my career, particularly to Bianca, my son Jaxson, my parents and extended family. Thank you also to my manager Braith Anasta.
“And finally, thank you to the boys, and everyone at the club, we have an exciting future ahead.”
A standout in the State of Origin arena for Queensland, Munster is one of the game’s elite players and the news of his extension will have ripple effects throughout the NRL.
The likes of Dylan Brown, Cody Walker and Mitchell Moses will all become hot property on November 1 now that Munster is unavailable, with the Dolphins sure to be throwing some big coin around.
Storm Chairman Matt Tripp said the club were happy to give the five-eighth the time he needed to make the biggest decision of his career.
“We know this was a huge decision for Cameron and Bianca to make, particularly with family based in Queensland,” he said.
“Cameron will always be a Queenslander, but we are pleased he now calls Melbourne home as well.
“Cameron has matured a lot on and off the field over the last 12 months. He has worked extremely hard in the off-season to get himself into shape and has proven he is one of the best players in the NRL competition again this season, winning the Storm Player of the Year Award and Dally M five-eighth player of the year in the NRL team of the year.
“Most importantly, Cameron has never been in a better place in his life, he is happy, healthy and settled with his young family, and we are thrilled he has decided to remain with the Storm and will become a one club player.
“We are so lucky to have a player like Cameron – a generational player – committed to our Club and our city for another four years.”
Munster joins the likes of Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes and Ryan Papenhuyzen in committing to Melbourne long-term.