Munster flies out to Storm into Melbourne team later today
A STORM brewed over Rockhampton yesterday as Cameron Munster packed his bags bound for Melbourne.
Today, the Central Queenslander jet-sets out of Rockhampton for Victoria's capital, where in a few months time he'll be rubbing shoulders with the 'Big Three' - Australian captain Cameron Smith, halfback Cooper Cronk and fullback Billy Slater - at the Melbourne Storm.
On a two-year deal, Munster joins the Storm for pre-season testing later today before hitting the training paddock tomorrow on his first official day of training at the Storm.
While Smith, Cronk and Slater are currently in the United Kingdom as part of Australia's World Cup campaign, Munster said he was eagerly awaiting the opportunity to train alongside the trio in the new year.
"It's amazing. I'm very lucky to have this opportunity," the Intrust Super Cup 'rookie of the year' said.
"It'll take me a while to get used to training with them everyday and the hype that surrounds them, but after that they'll just be normal blokes who enjoy training and having a laugh."
Growing up, Munster said he enjoyed watching Slater display his wares for the Storm, Queensland and Australia.
"I'm a big fan of his. My favourite player was Darren Lockyer growing up, but second was Billy Slater," Munster said.
"Hopefully I can play like him.
"I'm looking forward to training with him and seeing how he trains, and I'll try and learn a lot off him over the next two years."
His first time living away from home, the 19-year-old said it would take some time to adjust to life in Melbourne, but he'd eventually manage and would relish the opportunity.
To ease the strain, he'll be joined by Banana product Nathan Young, Longreach and St Brendan's College graduate Kurt Mann and ex-Capras captain Tim Glasby at the club.