SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: David Klemmer of the Bulldogs watches on during the round 14 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on June 11, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

David Klemmer has signed a monster five-year deal with the Newcastle Knights, in a move that will see him become a Knight until at least the end of the 2023 season.

NRL.comย broke the news on Monday afternoon, believing the Bulldogs released Klemmer from the final two years of his deal in order to take a five-year, $4.3 million deal from the Knights.

With Klemmer on his way out,Roosters premiership-winning prop Dylan Napa will replace the Blues enforcer at the Bulldogs.

“David is one of the world’s best front rowers and his signing is an enormous coup for us,” Knights CEO Philip Gardner told newcastleknights.com.au.

“He’s been very upfront about the fact he sees a lot of potential in the Knights. He wants to win a Premiership and he sees himself doing it here. That is a massive vote of confidence in the direction of our side and our club.

“What’s more, in signing David we welcome a quality individual, not just a quality player.

“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.”

57 COMMENTS

  1. Commiserations Dogs fans, hard done by I think. It’s the NRL’s fault though not the Knights so congrats Knights fans. Huge signing for you.

    If only NRL contracts where as binding and hard to get out of as player manager contracts then there would be no problems.

    • NEWS FLASH

      Napa who is on 700k at the Roosters has just signed on at the Dogs for 650k๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      • But who will the Roosters replace him with? Taupau? For $850K – $950K? I have it on good authority that Taupau isn’t going anywhere so hate to spoil the party mate.

  2. “…in a move that will see him become a Knight until at least the end of the 2023 season.”

    You sure? At this rate, he’s gone after 2021.

    • Five year deal 2019-2023= 5 seasons

      1. 2019
      2. 2020
      3. 2021
      4. 2022
      5. 2023
      ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‘‹Mcโœˆโœˆโœˆ

      • “…believing the Bulldogs released Klemmer from the final two years of his deal”

        2023-2=2021

        ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  3. Ah well if Napa is on 700k as claimed by many, then are the Bulldogs who let Klemmer go who was only on 575k at the Dogs but now earning 860k actually willing to pay Napa 800k to entice him away from the Roosters. I doubt it. Unless of coarse like I have been saying that EVERYONE, Reg seems to over price every Rooster player and he decides to leave for less than he is already on. I can’t see him leaving a premiership winning chance next season for a potential wooden spoon winning chance over the price of a new four wheel drive and a years supply of latte’s, If the Dogs don’t offer him above 800k then it proves my theory Reg and every other salary cap knocker that he is not on anywhere near 700k.

    Of coarse if he leaves then he has been on 900k and we sign TAUPAU

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿฆ†LIVES

    • Time will tell if Napa is on anywhere near 700k, If the dogs offer him 550-600k and he goes then he must of been on 400k. No wha I meanโ“โ”โ“โ”โ“โ”โ“๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

      • Well I got my answer on nine news tonight. They estimate that Napa has signed on for close to two mil over three years. Which proves that he wasn’t has I have been stating all along that he is not on 700k at the Roosters, Just Rooster salary cap haters making up more rubbish.

        So he has signed on for about 650k meaning according to everyone one this site plus ZT who has his price at 700k leaving the premiers for 50k less and to get smashed up every week in a team that wont make this years top eight.

        Rooster Salary Cap haters, what do you say to these factsโ“โ“๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ I forgot to say…โ€ฆ I told you so

    • And the ZT Sch1zophreni@ award goes to WoodChook for answering himself on 4 successive posts! ๐Ÿคช

      ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

      Are they all your split personalities Woody?

      • Oh, Reg. You are the absolute queen of hypocrisy.

        Look back over your tantrum on the Sharks story….thatโ€™s just for starters.

        Unbelievable.

        • Yea Reg look back on your posts on the Sharks storyโ€ฆโ€ฆ..so unbelievable mate๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿ‘

        • What are you talking about Woody. Do you even know? Have you had a bad dream mate? You look like you’ve seen a ghost. ๐Ÿ‘ป

          No need to be afraid mate. Ghosts don’t have any substance and they only come out at night because they are too hideous for anyone to look at them in the daylight.

          I ain’t afraid of no ghost! [cue “Ghostbusters” theme song]
          ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘ป

        • Yes, Woodchook. Iโ€™m an absolutely โ€œhideousโ€ Dragon. I have to agree there. Us Dragons donโ€™t care to look nice.

          FOR ANYBODY!!!!

        • ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

          From the “Angry Eagle”…

          “Sounds like the front yard needs some work!” โœ‚๏ธ

          ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Mark my words Knight will be in salary cap strife within 2 years

    The top ups on contracts will have them in hot water

    • Everybody is always on the Roosters case but in the mean time this mob of Knights have been giving everybody the run around with their three year spending spree of internationals. Their cap ran out 12 moths ago when they signed Pearce for a mil and Guerra for 800k and Kenney-Dowall for 700k and Ponga for 800k and throw in Watson, Griffin, Moga, James Gavet (New Zealand Warriors, 2020), Tim Glasby (Melbourne Storm, 2021), Hymel Hunt (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2019), David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2023), Edrick Lee (Cronulla Sharks, 2021), Mason Lino (New Zealand Warriors, 2020), Jesse Ramien (Cronulla Sharks, 2020), Zac Woolford (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019)

      Is there anybody in their team that they haven’t boughtโ“โ”โ“โ”โ“โ”โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคฅ

      • woodchook – you are just throwing numbers out like they are gospel – the same complain you have against everyone else.
        Now I don’t lay claim to knowing much about who signed for how long and how much, and unlike you I don’t have access to the NRL records, but they one that is fairly common knowledge is Ponga’s – he was signed for 600k according to every media report, they were all consistent…so straight up you are 200k out without even going looking at anything else.
        Fair suck of the sav mate

        • “according to every media report”

          But eels47 said we can’t listen to media reports. He has ruled them as inadmissible evidence.

          The truth is locked in a vault deep in NRL headquarters and only the clubs, Greenberg and Greenberg’s accountant can peek inside. Because we can “TRUST” them all to do the right thing. No disclosure or transparency required.

          “I’m going to leave them alone and not actually witness [the figures], I’m just gonna assume it all went to plan. What?” – Dr Evil

        • Spot on Billy, But I never seen any of your replies coming to my rescue. Everybody comes up with these stupid estimates thats way above and more so I was only talking the language of the Rooster salary cap haters. Sorry mate Now I will be more realistic unlike some people who believe Crichton signed on at the Chooks for 1 mil. What a joke. but do you think they can see common senseโ“โ“. No way

          So my realistic estimate for Pearce is 1mill, Kenny-Dowall 400k, Guerra 550, Ponga 600k, Watson 3380k, Glasby 450k, Klemmer 860k, Hunt 175k, Moga 350k, Gavett 350k, ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ’ฒ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘

        • Pastor Reagan started preaching numbers and figures to me Billy and he swear blind that his gospel is deadest no bull or error๐ŸŽฏ

        • Not gospel Woody. Just reported fact and common sense. But if you are afraid of the truth then take the blue pill, wake up and believe whatever you want to believe.

        • woody, don’t think for one minute I am supporting you and your rorters under their salary cap sombrero…..I was just trying to highlight your hypocrisy.
          for the record, I am sceptical of how the rorters can assemble the quality of squad they have and not have any concerns with the cap…..the fact that the only quality high profile player released for 2019 was Fergo and he was replaced by Crichton, Hall and Morris makes me seriously question the veracity of yours and the rothfields claims that they are compliant..

        • SWOOSH! And nothing but net for billy boooiyeee! โ›น๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿฅ…

          Careful Woody, Eels bite! And unlike old Roosters who have dentures Eels have teeth! Seagulls are their favourite food but if they are hungry they will devour a chicken whole.

          They have a taste for poultry in general and a distaste for paltry arguments. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        • Your teeth aren’t sharp enough billy to cut through my tough hide and you couldn’t stomach me even if you could. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for giving you a persistent case of chronic indigestion and fur balls that are too big to go down your throat! ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

        • some may say you can be thin skinned at times – not me, never, ever ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

        • When you have a witch ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ that has been riding your back for several years and their stone cold buttress keeps scraping on your “thin skin” until eventually their callous comments result in calluses of another kind resulting in thick skin and a tough hide. Simples!

        • Billy sounds like your into POT plants, so when you come down from your reefers you might realise how over the cap the Knights are. If any one is cheating this cap its Newcastle๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

      • Woodchook After the 2015 wooden spoon, the Knights endured 2 more years of wooden spoons, getting rid of a heap of overpaid players & using only juniors or reserve graders just to get the cap back in order. This allowed them to have this money pot down the track. Sometimes good things come to you if you wait it out & endure the short term pain

        • Don’t worry mate I already know, when we finished 2nd last in 2016 we rebuilt and let stacks go and freed up heaps of cash. Only problem is everybody still thinks you have the superstars that were playing for you previously only to constantly remind them that they have left. But the Knights must be running out of money soon๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿ’ฒ

  5. $860k p.a. for 5 years….good luck to him…Klemmer is single dimensional…charge and bash player…can buy 3 of those for that sort of coin….

  6. Des has a major hand in screwing this club into the ground. Now they have been stripped of players left and right. Nappa is just a discounted $$ replacement . . .

    • For a second pedro I thought you were talking about “tricky Ricky” Stuart and the Eels. Didn’t he sack half the club mid-season and then accept an offer to coach the Raiders a few weeks later? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      Just like the captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia when he ran the ship aground and was on the first boat and standing on shore before the passengers even knew what had happened. Same thing with the Eels. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      It also explains why the Italians have won all their fights in recent history by 100 metres!

        • Et tu pedro? At this point Cook is my biggest concern. From experience the longer players have taken to re-sign the more it is a sign that they are leaving.

          Souths will be in deep ๐Ÿ’ฉ if Cook leaves.

  7. Klemmer is getting 850k and the Knights had just over 2 Mil of their cap to spend before he signed. So the Knights would have around 1 Mil left to sign 3 more players to fill their 30 players list.

    Also with Napa going to Bulldogs, I would say the Roosters will try and get Marty Taupau under their sombrero

    • Do the maths Juddzy, Napa was on $700K, Taupau will sign for at least $850K if not more. The Roosters would only be moving further north of the imaginary salary cap line.

      Like trying to bail out a sinking ship with a tea cup while someone is throwing water by the bucket load onto the ship at the same time.

      • Or someone throwing bucket loads of water into the tea cup, creating a storm like effect.
        Just a thought Reg, just a thought.

        • You excel yourself again mighty. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

      • But Reg it does not make sense. Why would Napa sign on at the Dogs for up to 50k per season lessโ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“โ“ Your estimates are obviously way out as per usual mate. Better check what sauce you put on those dogs eyes mate.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

        • Because the chooks were going to dump him (someone who they have claimed as a junior even though he came to the Roosters in his late teens). Napa had to take the best offer he could get at short notice or end up out on the kerb like SKD, Pearce, Guerra, Evans, Matterson, Watson and Ferguson. See a pattern mate?

          Souths try to keep our juniors while the Roosters dump their players for expediency sake as soon as someone better becomes available.

          Jake Friend should keep his back against the wall to avoid the long knives of the Butcher Politis with Cam Smith looking to shop himself around Uncle Nick won’t be able to resist collecting a pair of Storm legends.

    • Juddzy That figure was before signing Gavet, Woolford, Hunt, Lino etc. The Knights funds are getting limited now & they’ve already said that next year will be more conservative when it comes to signings as they will be keeping an eye on the upgrades that will need to be paid to certain players for top 4 clauses

  8. Still won’t make the 8 haha. Good luck to Klemmer, not one player is bigger than any club and obviously the Dogs know that

  9. Remember when Klemmer wanted to rip Corey Parkerโ€™s head off? That Klemmer was worth $800k per season. Now, he just lumbers the ball up to make metres and play the ball quickly, a $400k player at best. Five year deal-will last 3 at tops before he heads to the UK for a super fund instalment.

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