The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will be looking towards the prop market if David Klemmer goes ahead with his walk out of the club, and they’re eyeing off Rooster Dylan Napa, according to The Australian.
Klemmer has requested a release from his final two years of his contract at the Dogs for personal reasons, and is expected to make the move to Newcastle for what is reportedly a four-year deal worth upwards of $4 million.
If this deal goes ahead, Canterbury will be using the money left over from Klemmer’s contract to draw in potential replacements.
The most obvious replacements are the front-rowers who will be on the market come Thursday as clubs are allowed to negotiate with rival players who are entering their final years of their contracts.
Dylan Napa is at the top of the list of props coming off contract, with others including South Sydney’s Burgess twins and St George James Graham.
However, it looks as though Napa is the one Canterbury are eyeing off, as the 25-year-old just helped his team bulldoze their way to a premiership victory after returning from suspension.
Klemmer’s departure from the Dogs would help reduce their salary cap burden and allow the club to take advantage of what sure will be a mass movement when the five new coaches begin their duties within the coming weeks.
Manly coach Des Hasler has already begun as head coach and is set to offload numerous players in order to make some room in their already financially restricted salary cap.
Rumours regarding Marty Taupau’s playing future have been circulating for a while now, while Parramatta’s prop Kane Evans could be on the way out after not enjoying life as an Eel.
The Burgess twins future will be determined by the incoming supercoach Wayne Bennett as he prepares to take over at Souths in 2020.
Bennett will have his hands full as he decides what to do with a number of Souths players coming off contract next season, including hooker Damien Cook, who will be eligible to be approached by other clubs on November 1.
Although, the Rabbitohs will be keen to kept the star at Redfern, and will hopefully be able to meet demands of a pay rise to go along with the representative status Cook has earned this season.
Pangai Junior has aligned himself with Bennett, with rumours suggesting he and Souths coach Anthony Seibold will switch places in time for the upcoming 2019 season.