Klemmer going nowhere, say Bulldogs
CANTERBURY has denied stunning reports star prop David Klemmer has requested a release from the final three seasons of his multi-million deal.
Late Saturday night The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Klemmer had sought a release from Canterbury after being frustrated at a number of financial terms with the club allegedly falling through.
When contacted Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle was adamant no request had been requested by the NSW Origin and Kangaroos powerhouse, dismissing the report as "completely inaccurate".
Just last year Klemmer signed a lucrative four-year deal reportedly worth in excess of $2 million, tying him to the Bulldogs until the end of 2020.
Klemmer negotiated that contract himself after severing ties with his agent, describing it as "dream come true" last May.
The 23-year-old ranks as one of the most destructive forwards in the game, and has long been touted as a long-term building block of Canterbury's pack.
The Bulldogs are however in the midst of serious salary cap juggling as they look to fit big money recruits Aaron Woods and Kieran Foran into their 2018 roster.
Klemmer is one of the few players not to have been linked to an exit from Belmore thus far, with skipper James Graham, Aiden Tolman, Greg Eastwood, Michael Lichaa, Moses Mbye and the Morris twins all speculated as possible casualties of a looming clean-out.
Even with Sam Kasiano (Melbourne) and club favourite Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers) moving on at the end of 2017, the Bulldogs still need to shed further playing stocks to be cap compliant next season.
Losing Klemmer on financial grounds as suggested would go down like a lead balloon with the blue and white faithful.
It would also deprive the Blues benchman of the chance to play alongside best mate Woods, whose arrival at Belmore is said to have placed Klemmer's starting spot next season in jeopardy.
The Blues teammates have spoken previously of their desire to play together at club level, with Woods going close to luring Klemmer to the Tigers before he agreed to his current deal with Canterbury.
Klemmer described a 2016 approach by the joint-venture as "very tempting" before opting to stay with the Bulldogs side he has supported since childhood.