PENRITH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 30: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of the Panthers in action during the round 16 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Manly Sea Eagles at Panthers Stadium on June 30, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has signed a three-year deal with the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs have beaten out a host of rival clubs to acquire the Kiwi international, including Wests Tigers, Parramatta and North Queensland.

It comes after reports that he penned a contract with the Tigers, however, the club was reportedly unable to move on a high-profile play to accommodate for Watene-Zelezniak.

The 23-year old could line-up at fullback for Dean Pay’s side in next Sunday’s clash against the Sydney Roosters.

“The acquisition of Dallin is fantastic news for the club and the vision we have going forward,” Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill told the club website.

“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.

“On the back of Joe Stimson from the Storm agreeing to terms last week, Dallin’s signing is another significant step in the right direction for the club and we welcome Dallin and his family to Belmore and look forward to our Members and fans getting the chance to watch him play.”


  1. I thought the dogs were broke when it comes to their salary cap?
    Not sure how they can afford him.
    Also the editor of this piece needs to make a change.
    The dogs didn’t beat out Parra for DWZ signature.
    We pulled out of the race for him well over a week ago as he is not what we need. We need to sign a quality forward and a quality centre and DWZ ain’t either.

  2. Good signing for the doggies finally, wonder if he will get minutes at fullback with Meaney a young prospect currently occupying that position. Dallin is definitely the better player should get it. Dogs now have a good BIG back three to start there sets with DWZ Smith and Okunbar. The club really needs to go after a hooker. Surely they are lining up someone like Jayden Brailey, Jacob Liddle or Manase Fainu

  3. Firstly fainu is signed long term with manly so he isn’t going anywhere.
    Then, it seems a strange signing for dogs for mind. Whilst he is a good player very much so, he isn’t cheap and personally I think Meaney has been one of the digs of not the best player this year for them, and he is a fullback or nothing.

  4. No this isn’t what we need at all very happy with Meaney need a hooker & some aggressive props dean pay & the recruitment are blind if they can’t see that

  5. Yeah I don’t think they would ever get Fainu as Manly rate him a lot and he looks like he has that number 9 jersey at the sea eagles in the not so distant future. But the point was more so the dogs desperately need a hooker and that was a quick list of players they should at least be throwing an offer or two at. I haven’t seen much of Meaney but when I did, I didn’t think he was all that and I’ve seen DWZ have amazing games from fullback for the kiwis and he’s proven to be good at NRL over the years.

  6. Agreed. Meaney has been very good. Kick in the guts for the young kid.
    Hooker and centres would seem more important.

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