Cameron Munster would become “King of Brisbane” if he moved to the NRL’s impending expansion club, rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns said.
Test playmaker Munster is signed to Melbourne until the end of 2023, but last week expressed interest in returning to Queensland.
The home-state superstar of the Maroons tops the shopping list for potential new franchises, eyeing a possible admission for the 2023 NRL season.
A new club could make a statement with a mega-bid for Munster, which Johns believes the Storm wouldn’t do.
“They won’t, because they won’t play with their salary cap. They won’t pay [overs]’Johns said on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the eighth.
“If he goes to Brisbane, he’s the King of Brisbane, like Locky (Darren Lockyer) was. All that corporate support he would get up there.
“I love watching him play and I love the way he lives his life. Live and let live.
“He’s a soccer player. He competes, he just wants the ball in his hands and he doesn’t play with a safety net. He doesn’t care about making a mistake.”
Munster is a champion player who won two prime minister’s titles with Melbourne, but is also a renowned larrikin.
“He should cut back on his lifestyle if he goes to Brisbane,” suggested NSW coach Brad Fitter. Freddy and the eighth.
Johns, once King of Newcastle, replied: “Maybe he wouldn’t. Maybe they like it, the Queenslanders. Maybe that’s why we love him, because he ‘he is what he is. “
Fittler: “It’s very hard to be a scallywag these days. Look at Toby Rudolf. Poor old Toby got screwed.”
Johns: “After Origin III he said, ‘I’m going to Byron Bay with this and that, with Fisher, the DJ. Get off at Byron Bay! “The Byron Bay brass were like, ‘Oooh no, this is Munster.’ But none of that happened.”
Fittler said that wherever Munster signed his next contract with the NRL, he would be well paid.
“He will have a lot of options, a lot of opportunities,” Fittler said.
“There will be a lot of money to be made for him. I believe he has a few businesses in Melbourne. It just looks like he’s making a crack over there.”
The main contenders to become the 17th franchise of the NRL are the Redcliffe Dolphins (which have registered a trademark “Brisbane Dolphins”), the Brisbane Jets (a coalition of Brisbane Bombers and Ipswich Jets) and the Brisbane Firehawks (supported by Easts Tigers).
“If another Brisbane team comes in, I won’t say no to coming home,” Munster told News Corp.
“I see myself moving to Queensland after the football and if a second Brisbane team arrives I could go back there sooner than expected.
“I wouldn’t say no to that (joining a second team from Brisbane)… of course.”
Munster, 26, re-signed with Melbourne in late 2018 for an estimated $ 850,000 per season. He had offers of up to $ 1 million per season elsewhere.
Munster will be out of contract at The Storm in November 2022, which means he could be signed with the new Brisbane side before the 2023 season. He would still be under contract in Melbourne for 2023 unless he requests release.
Munster is now the centerpiece of the Melbourne side, with Cameron Smith just retired. He would justify a big contract at Storm, but as Johns suggested, the club might not want to match a successful bid from the new club.
A Rockhampton product, Munster debuted with the Storm in 2014 and was a top player in 2017 and 2020. He has played 132 games in the NRL for Melbourne, plus 10 Origins for Queensland and four Tests for the Australia.
Melbourne will face the Parramatta Eels in Round 2 at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday night.
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