Canterbury have identified South Sydney twins George and Tom Burgess as potential replacements for Knights-bound prop David Klemmer, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.
The Bulldogs are on the hunt for a prop forward this off-season following Klemmer’s decision to join Newcastle on a four-year deal.
The Burgess brothers have uncertainty surrounding their futures should Wayne Bennett and Anthony Seibold swap places ahead of next season.
Bennett is reportedly looking to bring star Bronco Tevita Pangai Jnior with him to the Souths in 2020, which could cause the Burgess brothers to depart Redfern.
Tom and George come out of contract at the end of the 2019 season and Canterbury are keeping an eye on their situation, while also monitoring the likes of Martin Taupau, Addin Fonua-Blake and Dylan Napa.
Klemmer has already completed a medical with Newcastle and his move is expected to be finalised in the coming weeks, with the 24-year old currently on leave for Australia’s New Zealand tour.
Knights coach Nathan Brown would not confirm the club’s pursuit of Klemmer but admitted the club had made recruiting plans.
“I’d rather focus on players we have, but if anything was to eventuate there, we’d be willing to talk,” Brown told The Daily Telegraph.
“We’ve made no secret that we need one or two players of that front row status, if they are not a Test player, but have the potential to be a Test player.
“For our forward pack it is a position that we certainly need to strengthen and it is a position that with our cap we have planned to strengthen.
“We’ve thrown a few punches and had a few misses, as was the case with Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce where we missed a few people in and around the traps.
“In recruitment you need an element of luck and to be positioned well with the finances to be able to do it, but you also need some things to fall your way.
“Hopefully over the next four to eight weeks something falls our way in that area.
“We have had a certain amount of luck in the last 18 months, so hopefully it can continue.”