PENRITH, NEW SOUTH WALES - APRIL 27: David Klemmer of the Bulldogs looks at Raymond Faitala-Mariner of the Bulldogs during the NRL round eight match between the Penrith Panthers and Canterbury Bulldogs on April 27, 2018 in Penrith, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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.

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“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.



  1. Wow – the Doggies are in a world of pain. Yes get rid of Eastwood and the Morris twins for 2019, but if they also lose Mbye and Klemmer then that are gone (because Foran and Woods are not the long-term future of the club). They will sure to contest for the spoon for the next few seasons – the only solution that I can see is somehow?? retaining talented locals or scooping the pool of talented Super League players hoping to break into the NRL, but …

  2. And Woods left the Tigers to join a club that is a premiership force….look who’s laughing now….. 🙂

  3. 2019

    1: B French
    2: J Mansour
    3: M Jennings
    4: C Gutherson ( C)
    5: C Oates
    6: C Norman
    7: M Moses
    8: D Klemmer
    9: A Koroisau
    10: Jr Paulo
    11: M Mau
    12: M Nuikore
    13: N Brown

    14: D Alvaro
    15: J Tatola
    16: R Stone
    17: T Fuimaono

  4. I think the NRL has to do something about these back-ended contracts. The clubs benefit in the short term by paying a players less, with the promise of upping the payment in later years – with a spend now pay later policy. I haven’t seen any of these end well.

    • Nothing to do with the NRL mate.
      Souths never ever backend contracts.
      Only pathetically run clubs do it.

  5. This would be a great buy for the eels
    It would greatly strengthen its forward pack.
    Don’t know if the doggies should let him go though. They have a few key players near the end of their contracts so would be a risky move

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