MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Cameron Munster of the Storm looks on during the round 22 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Cronulla Sharks at AAMI Park on August 12, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Melbourne Storm’s Cameron Munster is currently under contract with the club until the end of 2019, but that isn’t stopping clubs from expressing their interests in the talented five-eighth.

The latest club after Munster’s signature is the Sydney Roosters, who are looking for a long-term replacement after their marquee signing of Cooper Cronk retires.

Phil Rothfield broke the news on Fox Sports’ Big League Wrap on Monday night, where he believes Munster will be wearing red, white and blue in 2020.

Cameron Munster is under contract with the Storm until the end of next season and will stay there, but in 2020 I think there is a very big chance he will be at Bondi Junction wearing a Sydney Roosters jersey,” Rothfield said.

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“The money they get when Cooper Cronk retires and he is on one million a year, they will just give that to Munster.

“The Roosters are looking long term and when it is legal to talk to him in November, they will be having a whack.”

It’s no secret Munster’s strengths lie within his running game, making seven line breaks, having 15 try assists and tallying up a total of 1958 running metres in 2018.

When brought to the attention of Rothfield that Munster isn’t the best ‘like for like’ replacement for Cronk, he explained the five-eighth and halfback positions are very interchangeable these days.

“Munster has a very close relationship with the Storm assistant coach Adam O’Brien who has had him a long time and O’Brien is coming to be Trent Robinson’s assistant at the Roosters next year,” Rothfield said.

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Munster’s playing ability will attract much attention from rival clubs as he will have no shortage of options to pick from, including coming from his current club in the Storm.

Adding to the discussion, James Hooper also told Big League Wrap Munster could have any club he wanted.

“He can take his pick,” Hooper said.

“Any club in the competition would love to sign him and I don’t think the Roosters will be the only club targeting him.

“The theory is that once Cooper Cronk retires, Luke Keary can move into the No. 7 and Cameron Munster can move into the No.6.”

11 COMMENTS

  1. For 2019 they have released Ferguson, but signed both Hall and Morris. Then they sign Crighton for 1 mill. Then they resign a host of players in Cordner, Friend, Manu, Mitchell, Radley etc. You would presume that Manu, Mitchell especially and Radley would have commanded substantial upgrades. The Salary Cap at its best.

  2. Play another tune all you Rooster Haters who continue to sing the same old tune.

    With all the innuendo and talk of the Roosters cheating WHY haven’t they been fined by the NRL.
    You numbnuts need to understand that the Roosters DO NOT do back ended deals so therefore manage their cap better than any other team.

    Petty jealousies start to wear thin after a while…. They picked up Morris and Hall for bargain prices, Ferguson, O’Sullivan are leaving and cronk will retire after next season, doesn’t take rocked science to work out the numbers

    • Spot on laidleyroosterfan33, Half these people did not read the story that Cooper Cronk’s 1 million dollars will be spent on Herman Munster. You got the back ending of contracts 100% right. At the Roosters regardless of what they achieve when they sign on the dotted line that’s ALL they get. If they play rep footy for the Blues that money bonus that Origin players get as a bonus is not payed by the Roosters and does not count in the cap. Players love coming to the Roosters because most play rep footy and get a financial bonus and they play big time semi footy. Ever since 2000 they have played in nine preliminary finals (the game to get into the grand final) and six grand finals with the likely chance of another final and grand final this year. Of Coarse Munster would want to sign on at the Roosters.🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓

      • Although I hate the Roosters, they have not cheated the salary cap.
        They signed Hall and Morris on Cheap deals
        Chrighton on 1mil (salary cap goes up)
        Got rid of Ferguson, O’Sullivan and Nikorima
        Swap Cronk for Munster
        Resigned Radley, Mitchell, Cordner and co before this year’s origin when they became hot property.

        They are fine… although we wouldn’t mind Munster as a fullback.

      • Although I don’t think that this is another instance of the Rooster ‘cheating’ the cap, I was under the impression that the $30,000 or whatever the payment is for playing Origin is counted again the cap. It would seem stupid to offer players bonuses for playing Origin.

        I mean I get that to play Origin you need to be in form etc but why would you give a player a bonus on top of their match payment?

        I think mainly the Rooster have got a really good financial team and they can command fringe rep players to come over on unders because they are the Roosters.

        • Players want to go to the good teams like Sydney Roosters, Melbourne, Brisbane because they are always in or near the top four. Naturally rep teams are chosen from the best performing clubs. Players want to win premierships, sometimes it is better to sign on for 100k less with one of those teams and reap the rewards. They can always get a massive contract at the end of their careers with a final contract like Cooper Cronk attracted at the Roosters. Which over a 15 year career or so, boosts the annual average earnings over the entire playing career.

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