Canterbury chief executive Andrew Hill has warned other clubs not to bother going after David Klemmer, confirming the club has no plans to let Klemmer go.
Following moves before the June 30 deadline to allow Aaron Woods to join the Sharks and Moses Mbye the Wests Tigers due to salary cap constraints, the Dogs have no intention to add Klemmer to that list, with Hill staunch in his dispelling of the rumour.
“Dave is going nowhere,” Hill told The Daily Telegraph.
“He is on contract and there has never been discussions about him leaving the club. We are disappointed that we have to answer another rumour.
“David had no desire to leave the club and the club is not interested in David being anywhere but the Bulldogs.”
Klemmer has been one of the Dogs’ best in an otherwise poor season, with the 24-year-old also helping the Blues to a State of Origin triumph.
With the Morris twins on the way out at season’s end, Hill is determined not the let Klemmer join the exodus of some of Canterbury’s big names in 2018.
“It is disappointing that we are talking about a player who has two years remaining on his contract,” Hill said.
“Dave has come out and says he has a love of the club and no desire to play anywhere else and he is passionate about the Bulldogs.
“We are not interested in talking to anyone about Dave’s future. He is one of our senior players and forms a strong part of the leadership group.
“Dave Klemmer is a player we will build our team around.”
Klemmer has played 16 games for the Dogs this season, and is one of only three players alongside Blake Ferguson and Jason Taumalolo to have run more than 3000 metres.