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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Klemmer thrilled to join 'pretty special' Knights squad

Star signing David Klemmer believes he's walking into a "pretty special" squad as Newcastle look to look to make the Telstra Premiership finals for the first time since 2013.
Klemmer's signing on a lucrative five-year deal is seen as the final piece of the puzzle for a Knights side that has been overhauled under coach Nathan Brown following three straight wooden spoons.
The Knights finished 11th in 2018 but showed serious improvement, led by star recruits Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce.
"Pretty nervous and excited, there's some great talent here, I want to get around them and introduce myself and train with them, Browny as well, see what plans he's put in place for next year and the coming years because I'm excited," Klemmer told reporters on Tuesday.
"The roster is pretty special, it's a young squad, they've got a couple of years of experience playing first grade and ready to go to another level, I want to come in and do my best for the boys and make them believe in themselves."
The Kangaroos and NSW Origin prop said the Newcastle lifestyle was a perfect fit for his young family.
"Bit of relief, especially with my boys, I want to make sure they're all good, they're all settled, we know where our future lays. I just want to rip into training and get ready for a big 2019," Klemmer said.
"It's really appealing to come up here and raise a family, the lifestyle. I'm a kid from western Sydney.
"I'm very blessed and lucky to come up here and raise my family
"I just think it was a great opportunity, I'm at the right age, especially my kids being young and starting school, it's the perfect time for them to come up here and get settled.
"It's been three or four months of thinking and it was a big decision in my life and my family's life as well."
Klemmer thanked the Bulldogs for giving him his start in rugby league but said Newcastle presented him the best opportunity to improve as a player.
"I've got a lot of respect for the Bulldogs, they made me the player I am today. I can't thank them enough for what they've done," he said.
"I want to keep developing as a player, I see Newcastle as a good spot and a good roster and a good town to do it, I'm ready for the challenge."