Capitalising on the Penrith Panthers decision to release Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, the Canterbury Bulldogs have signed the utility back effective immediately.
The 18-month deal at the Bulldogs is effective immediately and will see the Kiwi international at the club until at least the end of 2020.
A member of the club’s 2013 Holden Cup premiership winning team, Watene-Zelezniak enjoyed a solid career at the Panthers.
Also playing 106 NRL games for the club and scoring 41 tries, he was thanked for his service to the Panthers.
“As a local junior and a product of the Panthers development system, Dallin has given our club great service,” Panthers CEO Brian Fletcher said.
“While we’re obviously disappointed to release him, we do so knowing it is in the best interests of both parties.
“We extend our sincere thanks to Dallin for his contribution at Panthers and wish him the best of luck for the future.”
Bulldogs CEO Andrew Hill was pleased with the signing of the Kiwi international.
“The acquisition of Dallin is fantastic news for the club and the vision we have going forward,” Hill said.
“Not only is Dallin a great player but he is a quality person and a leader.
“As the current Kiwi captain, he provides us with both class and proven ability and he will be a major addition to our backline.”