Parramatta is interested in acquiring David Klemmer from the Bulldogs as teams look to cash in on Canterbury’s salary cap dilemma.
Canterbury’s salary cap has boomed out of control with a host of back-ended contracts, and Klemmer could be a casualty of their situation.
Rival clubs are aware of the Bulldogs’ need to clear their books, who have just $750,000 to spend on recruitment and player retention 2019.
Moses Mbye has not justified his $1.9 million dollar contract. Greg Eastwood and the Morris twins are also on inflated contracts, but will come off the books at the end of this season. This will give Canterbury some leeway, but not enough to make them buyers in the off-season.
The challenge for the Bulldogs now is to retain their key players who are set to be tabled by other clubs, and Fairfax Media reported in April that the club had been shopping Mbye to give them some wiggle room.
This came as a surprise to Mbye’s agent, Simon Mammino.
“I certainly haven’t picked up my phone and spoken to anyone about Moses outside of Canterbury,” Mammino told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Nothing has ever come from our camp.”
Mbye was more upright about his situation after the Bulldogs win over Parramatta on Friday, but remained committed to the team.
“Normally where there’s smoke there’s fire,” Mbye told reporters.
“I’m sure the call’s been made.
“I understand the business side of it. I get that it’s probably an option that the club needs to go in that direction.
“I’m not looking to leave this club, I want to stay. I haven’t had that discussion with anyone, with any other club and our club hasn’t approached me at all.
“I don’t know the fine details, but I understand we’re not in that good of a way salary cap wise.
“It doesn’t hurt. And the reason it doesn’t hurt is because I understand where we’re at.”
Given their salary restrictions, Canterbury will now shift their focus to recruiting young talent and building through their junior pathways.