Two of the NRL’s top front rowers have made switches ahead of the 2019 campaign as David Klemmer and Dylan Napa have seen their moves to Newcastle Knights and Canterbury respectively confirmed.
Klemmer had been linked with a move to former Huddersfield Giants head coach Nathan Brown’s Knights in recent weeks and the club announced to the media that the Australian international – viewed as the best prop in the NRL – had signed a big money ($4.3m) five-year deal with the New South Wales club. Having finished 11th in the league in 2018, the Knights will be hoping that the acquisition of Klemmer, 24, from Canterbury will help to push the club to a a top eight finish next year and, with it, a qualification spot for the post-season play offs.
Replacing Klemmer in a Bulldogs jersey in 2019 will be Grand Final winner Dylan Napa who, after six years and over a century of appearances for Sydney Roosters, moves west to fill the front-row void. 26-year-old Napa came off the interchange bench for the East Sydney club as they lifted the NRL Grand Final trophy after recording a comprehensive 21-6 victory over Melbourne Storm at the end of September. Signing a three-year deal with Brown’s Bulldogs, Napa lined up in the first two State of Origin games in 2018 for Queensland but was on the losing side after the Maroons were defeated by a New South Wales team including Klemmer, the front-rower appearing in each of the three clashes.