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Munster, Brooks, Brown on signings carousel, PM’s XIII calls up rookies but Lodge snubbed

Cameron Munster is set to make a decision on his playing future by the end of next week as teams start manoeuvring for playmakers in the 2024 season.

Munster’s agent Braith Anasta has indicated his client is keen to resolve his future now that the Storm are out of the playoff picture.

Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has put his club in the race for Munster, confirming to NewsCorp that he has asked Anasta to keep them up to date with negotiations and to let them know if the Maroons star would be willing to switch to Concord.

Munster is likely to switch to the Dolphins on a deal worth seven figures per season if he leaves the Storm.

Eels five-eighth Dylan Brown is in the Storm’s sights as a potential replacement for Munster, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report, while Wests Tigers playmaker Luke Brooks could again be in Newcastle’s sights with the Knights desperate to sign a top-line halfback.

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Earlier this week, Storm legend Cameron Smith said he thinks Munster will play his final season in Melbourne next year.

“If I’m brutally honest, if he was going to commit to the Melbourne Storm and sign on and extend his contract, he would’ve done so by now,” Smith said on SEN radio. “That’s my gut feeling.

“He’s been at the club since he was 16 years of age and we’ve heard (Munster’s manager) Braith Anasta come out and say the Melbourne Storm offer is in the area where it should be, so what’s holding him back? I’d love him to stay but I feel like he will be going to the Dolphins.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 03: Dylan Brown of the Eels celebrates with his team mates after scoring a try during the round four NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the St George Illawarra Dragons at CommBank Stadium, on April 03, 2022, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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Rookies in PMs XIII

Roosters young gun Joseph Suaalii is all but certain to be in the Kangaroos’ World Cup squad after being named in the Prime Minister’s XIII to play Papua New Guinea.

The PM’s XIII will play at Suncorp Stadium next Sunday but Suaalii’s Roosters teammate Matt Lodge’s chances of World Cup selection are hanging by a thread after he was not named in the squad to face the Kumuls.

Selectors chose players from the eight teams that missed the finals as well as Melbourne and the Roosters after they bowed out last weekend.

World Cup selection certainties Ben Hunt, Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Angus Crichton have been named in the PMs XIII but the likes of James Tedesco, Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Patrick Carrigan are resting before the tour to England next month.

There are several players getting their first taste of representative football in the squad, including Dragons centre Zac Lomax, Bulldogs duo Jake Averillo and Max King, Tigers trio Daine Laurie, Luke Garner and Jake Simpkin, Storm lock Josh King, Gold Coast back-rower Beau Fermor and Warriors forward Josh Curran.

Jake Averillo passes the ball

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PM’s XIII squad

Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)
Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton, Max King, Jake Averillo (Bulldogs)
Joseph Suaalii, Angus Crichton, Nat Butcher (Roosters)
Jake Simpkin, Luke Garner, Daine Laurie (Tigers)
Ben Hunt, Zac Lomax (Dragons)
Beau Fermor, Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (Titans)
Selwyn Cobbo, Thomas Flegler (Broncos)
Josh King (Storm)
Josh Curran (Warriors)

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