Wests Tigers has signed former Newcastle prop David Klemmer on a three-year deal, with a mutual option for a further season.
Klemmer will join the club immediately after being released from the final year of his contract at the Knights.
Klemmer adds a wealth of experience to Wests Tigers’ young squad having played 194 NRL games across ten seasons with both Canterbury Bulldogs and Newcastle Knights.
The 28-year-old has played 19 Tests for Australia and 14 Origin games for New South Wales and is keen to make an instant impact.
“I can’t wait to rip into pre-season training, and I’m really excited about what’s ahead for us,” said Klemmer.
“I know Tim (Sheens) well through our time together with the Kangaroos and there’s a lot to like about where the club is headed.
In many ways it’s a new start for the club, and I’m delighted to be a part of it.David Klemmer
“I want to make a difference here and that includes helping some of the younger players who haven’t played a lot of first grade yet.”
Head coach Tim Sheens believes Klemmer has much to offer both on and off the field.
“We all know what David can do. He’s been one of the most dominant forwards in our game for many years," said Sheens.
I’m delighted he’s joined us, and I think he’ll be a great asset to the club.Tim Sheens
“We have a lot of young players coming through our system and I know he will have a good influence on them.”
Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe has welcomed Klemmer to the club.
“We’re delighted to have David and his family join us at what is a really exciting time for the club,” said Pascoe.
“I’m sure with his experience he will add a lot to what is already an exciting group of players and will certainly contribute to what we are wanting to achieve over the next few years.”