Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
In 2019 David Klemmer signed with the Newcastle Knights after being a stalwart at the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs for six seasons where he would play State of Origin for New South Wales and represent Australia.
His time in the Hunter has largely been hit or miss; however, this year Klemmer has had his best season in a Knights jersey so far and has arguably been the club’s best player in 2022.
Klemmer has rediscovered the form that saw him become the focal point in a Bulldogs side that made the Grand Final in 2012 and a representative superstar.
Despite all of this, reports have emerged that Klemmer and the Knights are clashing after he refused to come off the field during the club’s loss to the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie appeared on The Big Sports Breakfast this morning and has suggested that Klemmer could have his contract terminated.
“He is fighting to save his career amid suggestions that he could be terminated immediately,” said Ritchie.
“There will be meetings today between both parties.
“It’s a strange situation, there’s more to this story than Klemmer being stood down based on an on-field argument with their head trainer Hayden Knowles.
— Dean Ritchie (@BulldogRitchie) August 2, 2022
“I don’t know what the rest of the story is but it will no doubt emerge.”
Klemmer is currently contracted to the Knights until the end of 2023 but if he does part ways with the club it is believed that he will join the Parramatta Eels as they prepare for the 2022 NRL finals series.
A week ago there were reports that Martin Taupau would join the Eels until the end of the season but the August 1st deadline passed before a deal was made.
For Klemmer to join the Eels at this late stage of the season Newcastle would have to sever all ties to the player before he made the move to Parramatta.
The 28-year-old would likely start off the bench for the Eels but could be used at lock in 2023 with Ryan Matterson moving to the second-row to replace the Tigers bound Isaiah Papali’i.