After much speculation, the Newcastle Knights have signed Canterbury Bulldogs enforcer David Klemmer on a five-year deal.
A New South Wales and Kangaroos representative, Klemmer is a prop that Knights fans had been screaming out for.
Adding to their already impressive roster, the signing of Klemmer puts the Knights in a stronger position heading into 2019.
Regarded as one of the best front-rowers in the game, the Knights are pleased to have signed Klemmer.
“David is one of the world’s best front rowers and his signing is an enormous coup for us,” Knights CEO Philip Gardner said.
“He’s been very upfront about the fact he sees a lot of potential in the Knights.”
With ambition high on Klemmer’s part, the Knights know that he will fit into the side and their own objectives.
“He wants to win a Premiership and he sees himself doing it here,” Gardner continued.
“That is a massive vote of confidence in the direction of our side and our club.”
With Newcastle trying to achieve a culture both on and off the field, the club know how much family means to Klemmer.
“What’s more, in signing David we welcome a quality individual, not just a quality player,” the CEO continued.
“He is a family man and a good person.
“He and his wife Chloe and their three boys are coming not just for football but for the quality of life Newcastle offers.”
Signing Klemmer will be a great addition for the Knights in the eyes of coach Nathan Brown.
“Klem has played 17 times for Australia and 12 times for NSW before his 25th birthday, which says a lot about him,” Brown said.
“He’s a big man who will help us over the advantage line and lead our pack.
“He’s exactly what we need.”
Quite a complex saga, the Bulldogs wished Klemmer the best at the Knights despite any issues during the ongoing experience.
“I would like to thank David for his time at the Bulldogs,” said Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill.
“He played his first NRL match for the club in 2013 and ended up making 113 appearances, in addition to his representative honours.
“We have always said to David that we wanted him to stay at the club, but ultimately he and his family have made a decision around needing a change of environment.”
“It has been a complex and challenging situation which we have tried to manage in the best interests of both parties.
“We now wish David and his family all the best in the next stage of his life.”