Storm superstar Cameron Munster has opened up about the moment that really ‘knocked home’ after his off-court dramas last season.
Munster were embroiled in the infamous white powder scandal with teammates Brandon Smith and Chris Lewis after the Storm pulled out of the final.
There was speculation that the club would tear up his $1.1m-a-year contract, but after admitting himself to a rehab facility, the 27-year-old was spared the axe.
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Speaking to Fox League’s Lara Pitt in an interview that aired Thursday night, Cameron Munster admitted that the storm nearly sent him flying and that was basically the wake-up call he needed.
“I was pretty much (done),” said the Queensland and Australia representative.
“The board was pretty much ready to tear up my contract and obviously it hit home, I have a beautiful partner at home and a baby on the way.
“I guess it’s easy when you have a job and an income you can support them. My income and support were in the air and it really touched me.
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Munster was fined a $30,000 one-game suspension by the NRL over the white powder scandal. The Storm also issued a suspended $100,000 fine, fired him from his management group, and imposed a 12-month alcohol ban on him.
But Munster then took matters into his own hands and spent four weeks in a Queensland facility to resolve his gambling and excessive drinking issues.
The five-eighth star admitted to losing $50,000 in one day due to his gambling addiction.
Munster entered the Banyans health and wellness center where programs can cost up to $3,000 a day. He paid the bill for his one-month stay.
He returned to pre-season training in the best possible shape of his career and eventually shone in one of the Storm’s pre-season test matches.
Munster admitted pre-season was “very different” from the off-season he had. He also thinks getting in shape and being in a good mental position helped him excel over the summer.
“Obviously everyone knew or had common knowledge of what happened in Noosa,” he said.
“The club was very supportive and very good. I cannot thank them enough for all the support they have given me.
“But to be honest, it was actually a burden on my shoulders… to come in fresh.
“Pre-season was much easier, obviously it was (still) difficult, but as I was in much better shape heading into pre-season, I felt like I could do a lot. more and get involved a lot more.
“My head is clear and I feel very happy.”
Watch the full interview with Munster during Fox League’s coverage of Storm’s clash with the Rabbitohs on Thursday from 7pm.
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