JUST one week from the start of pre-season training, Kangaroos prop David Klemmer is set to ask for a release from the final two years of his contract.
It was reported by Klemmer met with Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill last Tuesday to ask for the release.
NRL.com reported Klemmer had been struggling with some personal problems for some time and is looking to escape Sydney for a fresh start with his wife and three children.
It is expected the Newcastle Knights will be Klemmer’s new club with The Daily Telegraph reporting a four-year deal worth more than $4.6 million a season.
Canterbury have had a horror year with player retention with Aaron Woods and Moses Mbye forced out of the club mid-season due to salary cap pressures.
It was reported in May the club had to try and squeeze at least 14 players into its 2019 cap with just $800,000 to spend.
David Klemmer was the Bulldogs player of the year.Source:AAP
Klemmer was mentioned at the time as one of the players who could go to alleviate some of the salary cap room with a link to the Parramatta Eels.
However, he was defiant he would be staying.
“I’m contracted here at the moment and I could never see myself leaving, I love the club,” he said at the time.
“I was a supporter of the club as a kid and it would be hard to leave, but the club hasn’t contacted me yet.”
Klemmer has been with the Bulldogs since he was 15 and played his junior football with the club.
The 24-year-old debuted in 2013 and has played 112 games for the club.
He’s also become a key player in the NSW State of Origin forward pack, having debuted in 2015 and played 12 matches, as well as playing 17 Tests for Australia.
Klemmer was also named the Bulldogs player of the year this season.
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