Done deal: Munster signed until 2023
Cameron Munster has revealed he not once considered leaving Melbourne Storm despite the hysteria around his future.
The Storm will confirm a new four-year deal - tying Munster to the club until the end of 2023 - for the representative five-eighth.
The Herald Sun established the 24-year-old, who wants to be a "one-club man" sacrificed a lot bigger offers from rival clubs in a selfless act to repay the Storm and premiership coach Craig Bellamy.
Munster was the most sought-after potential 2019 free agent, with up to eight clubs prepared to bid on the Rockhampton native.
"To be completely honest, I was never going to go," Munster told the Herald Sun exclusively.
"It's the first club that gave me the opportunity to play football so I knew I needed to repay them.
"They've done a lot for me off-field as well, so for me to repay the favour and stay for another five years is satisfying for myself and I know my mum (Deborah) and dad (Steven) are very happy with my decision because they love this club and the culture around the club."
Munster is arguably the new face of the Storm post the 'Big Three' era and central to the club's thirst for more premiership glory.
The playmaker said Bellamy's long-term contract made his decision "a lot easier".
"He's done a lot for me and a lot for this club and the least I could do was repay the favour for what he's done for me," Munster said.
"Trying to excel and get better each and every year that's something he drives and that's why I love being at this club."
Munster, who moved to Melbourne in 2013, has played 89 games in the past five seasons.
"It wasn't easy," the tenacious playmaker said.
"The first six months I was always ringing my mother and asking if I could move back.
"I didn't know if I really had the desire, I always wanted to play rugby league, it was my dream, but I didn't realise how hard I had to work."
But Munster couldn't be happier living in Melbourne now despite the pull of family in Rockhampton.
"For me, Melbourne, it's just everything," Munster said.
"I never used to drink coffee when I first came down here but now I'm a coffaholic."
But the almond-milk cappuccino drinker - a regular at Richmond cafe A Thousand Blessings - made Deborah sweat during the protracted contract talks.
"I was just joking with mum and saying I'm leaving, gave her a bit of grief," Munster said.
"She was actually in tears saying 'don't leave, don't leave' but I was always staying, wanted to have a bit of a joke … see what she thought, she's happy that I've stayed and so am I."
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