Munster had long been linked with a move to the Dolphins to reunite with his old State of Origin coach Wayne Bennett, but opted to remain at Melbourne instead on a four-year extension that will keep him at the club through 2027.
The 28-year-old informed the Storm of his decision before leaving to England with the Kangaroos squad for the Rugby League World Cup.
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Munster thanked Storm chairman Matt Tripp, CEO Justin Rodski, GM of Football Frank Ponissi and senior coach Craig Bellamy for being patient as he made his call.
”I love the Melbourne Storm and I am proud to be committing to the club for a further four years,” he said in a club statement on Thursday night.
“The club has always been supportive of me, even through some of the more difficult times.
“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.”
Tripp celebrated the fact that the Storm was able to retain what he called a “generational player” in Munster.
”We know this was a huge decision for Cameron and Bianca to make, particularly with family based in Queensland,” he said in the Storm statement.
“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 is the latest in a whole host of players who have comitted to the Storm on a long-term basis, a list which includes Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Xavier Coates, Justin Olam and Christian Welch.
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