Injured Melbourne Storm prop Christian Welch has hit out at Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett for his criticisms of the way Cameron Munster handled his contract negotiations.
Despite having more than a year left on his contract, Munster was widely known to be in deep talks as a potential marquee signing with the Dolphins well before November 1, when NRL rules permit such discussions to take place.
Munster announced he had signed a four-year extension with the Storm in early October.
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Bennett slammed Munster’s decision to not call him to let him know he was staying with the Storm.
“That’s a tough phone call, it’s a phone call none of us want to make. But if you want to be a man, then you’ve got to behave like one,” he said on Triple M’s Rush Hour with Leisel Jones, Liam and Dobbo.
“It’s tough telling someone you’re not going to come … that’s the price you’ve got to pay so you can grow into being the man you can be proud of,” Bennett added.
In response to a Tweet that said calling Bennett would have been the “respectable” and “admirable” thing to do, Welch said the legendary coach showed little of either to the Storm or the game.
“If we’re talking about admirable and respect, the approach pre-November 1 didn’t show much of either,” he said.
“It’s a two way street … I’d say not a lot shown to Storm or NRL contracting rules to start.”
Munster knocked back what reportedly would have been the richest per season deal ever signed by an NRL player, withInjured Melbourne Storm prop Christian Welch has hit out at Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett for his criticisms of the way Cameron Munster handled his contract negotiations. Munster announced he had signed a four-year extension with the Storm in early October. I'd say not a lot shown to Storm or NRL contracting rules to start."