Craig Bellamy says Cameron Munster signature vital for Storm's future

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy says re-signing Cameron Munster is vital to the club's future success.

The Australian and Queensland back has starred for the club over the past three seasons but reported on Wednesday that North Queensland Cowboys were making overtures to the Rockhampton native who is signed until the end of 2019.

Munster had a long-term extension pulled by the Storm during the off-season after the club was unhappy with his behaviour while away with the Kangaroos at the Rugby League World Cup, but he has redeemed himself with a stellar first nine games.

Cameron Munster is high on Storm coach Craig Bellamy list of must re-sign players.

Now talks are back on, Storm are hoping he will become one of the side’s superstars once Billy Slater and Cameron Smith end their careers at the club.

“Basically over the past two or three years he has proven what a good player he is and this year he has reinforced that,” Bellamy said.

“He took a couple of weeks to get used to the five-eighth role again and he has done a magnificent job for us this year and we need to hold onto him without a doubt.

“Hopefully we can come to an arrangement with Cameron.”

The report also claimed Munster was holding up his decision until he knew whether Bellamy was coaching on next year with the Storm trying to convince the coach to remain at the club.

Bellamy said he was a “week closer” to making his own decision but hadn’t been told any unsigned players were tying their decision to his future.

“Everyone sort of worries about themselves when they are like that, worrying about their contract,” Bellamy said.

“I haven’t had any of the players say that, I’m not sure if Cameron is saying that to be nice or to get rid of you blokes but we need to wrap him up, he is a really important part of this club’s future going forward.

“It doesn’t matter who else is here and who else ain’t here. He is a really important part of the future.”

Storm face Gold Coast at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night and centre Curtis Scott has yet to prove his fitness after an ankle injury.

“Curtis just needs to get through training,” Bellamy said.

“We will see how he pulls up from Wednesday training and if we are happy with that we will take him up to Brisbane, if he pulls up real sore then he won’t be playing.”

With Poison’s Every Rose Has It’s Thorns blaring over the loud speakers at Storm training, Bellamy said his future was still being decided but he hoped a decision would come very soon.

“I’m not quite sure how much longer it is going to take, it shouldn’t take too much longer until there is some sort of decision made on what I’m going to do or not going to do,” Bellamy said. “We will see.”

Storm play Gold Coast at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday at 5.30pm.

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