With David Klemmer heading to the Newcastle Knights, the Canterbury Bulldogs have replaced him with the signing of Sydney Roosters prop Dylan Napa.
Napa, who was granted an immediate release by the Roosters in order to sign the deal, will be at the Bulldogs for at least three seasons.
The Roosters club and organisation wished Napa the best for his contributions and achievements while playing.
“We have granted this release with the view that it is in Dylan’s best interests to secure his long-term future,” said Easts Group CEO Scott Bennetts.
“Dylan has been a passionate clubman, and he will always have many friends at the Roosters.
“We thank Dylan for his contribution to the Roosters over the years, and wish him every success in the future,” he added.
A notorious aggressor in the front-line, Napa’s move will bring some starch to the Bulldogs pack.
The Queensland and international representative does, however, provide a new and interesting dynamic for the Bulldogs forward pack.
“Dylan has played on the biggest stages and experienced success at Origin and Grand Final level and we are confident that he can bring that uncompromising and winning mentality to the Bulldogs,” said club CEO, Andrew Hill.
Dylan will also add extra steel to what is already shaping to be an outstanding group of forwards.”
Just as pleased is head coach Dean Pay who knew the club needed a hulking prop to replace the departing Klemmer.
“Signing someone of Dylan’s toughness and ability is a major coup for the club,” said Pay.
We really feel that we have got a high calibre footballer who will be a great addition to both our pack and our playing group as a whole.”