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Williams is a much better player than Hodkinson, and even Reynolds for that matter, don't see any reason to complain. 


Not complaining, happy to have him on board because I rate him a super talent as well. "much better than Hodko and Reynolds", not so sure about that. Reynolds is a rare talent and has that real hunger to compete and win champion players have and Hodkinson when fit is a quality half but has been playing half fit for a long time now.

Like I said, happy to have him, just seemed an odd move was all. 


Wouldn't class Reynolds as a rare talent. He's a really good support player and apart from that he is a very limited player. Nothing that special about that, as Daniel Mortimer can attest to.

Williams would be a really good pick-up. 


You are dead set kidding comparing Reynolds to Mortimer, they are chalk and cheese. I'll stick to my opinion that he is far more than 'just a support player' and will be a top player for years yet. Daniel Mortimer.....fair dinkum... 


both Reynolds and Mortimer have limitations in their games IMO... Mortimer's are well known whereas with Reynolds, he lacks a long passing and kicking game IMO

the difference though for mine is that Reynolds can still initiate plays whether by runs, short kicks or his short passing game... Mortimer cannot... he is simply a support player... i also think Reynolds' mongrel adds to his game

the question though will be whether Reynolds can further develop his game as he had a certain advantage last year being inexperienced and relatively unknown by opponents (especially at five eighth)... but he will be targeted more this season and he will need to respond 


agree, certainly not saying he's the complete package yet but he can see plays like a footballer not an athlete trying to play football. He can create a hole and either go through himself or put someone else through it and will continue to improve the areas required. Quality footballer and levels above Mortimer. 


Will be an average five-eight at best. You can bank on it. 


i still believe Reynolds' best position would be as a Craig Wing style utility off the bench... and in that role, i believe he can excel

if he remains as a starting half, then i think he can be a quality club half but not a rep player 


Yeah, mostly likely. 


We'll agree to disagree and see what happens this season I guess. 


the fact is we have no real specialist 1/2. Reynolds was more a hooker and keating a ultilty player. both have adapted to the role but neither are 1st choice 1/2s. luckily they are under hasler who will be able to get the best out of them in those positions as proved last year but in the long run we will be caught out not having a specialist 1/2. we have a couple of young blokes in nsw cup but need blooding. we let Adam siezer go to the titans so we dont have any other prospects. hodkinson has turned out disappointing to say the least and is our only hope of a 1/2 at the moment. that's why there are rumors that we are chasing Thurston, Johnson and now SAM Williams from the raiders. he is a good up and coming 1/2 who has played a bit of nrl and maybe the player that hasler needs. 


David Klemmer signs $1m, three-year deal with Canterbury Bulldogs before making his NRL debut

[*] Josh Massoud
[*] The Daily Telegraph
[*] March 05, 2013 11:00PM
Big things are expected of young David Klemmer at the Bulldogs this season. Picture: Mark Evans Source: The Daily Telegraph

AS a boy, David Klemmer was such a fanatical Canterbury fan that he slept under a Bulldogs bedspread.

Now all his dreams have really come true.
On top of being named to make his NRL debut yesterday, the 19-year-old prop is also celebrating a new three-year contract extension worth close to $1 million.
Although he's yet to be tested in first grade, top judges have been drooling over Klemmer for years and he was easily the most coveted youngster on this year's open market.
Towering at 199cm and weighing 120kg, it's clear to see why, and the Australian Schoolboys graduate has consistently starred throughout his development and claimed the 2012 Toyota Cup Player of the Year award.
The Toongabbie junior also excelled at softball and shot put at Westfields Sports High.

Just as he did with Sam Kasiano a year ago, Knights coach Wayne Bennett had an almighty crack, along with several other clubs.
But they were all informed a fortnight ago that Klemmer had decided to remain at Canterbury - although the remarkable cash for a player so green would have made his decision an easier one.
More difficult will be Saturday night's introduction to the elite level opposite the competition's best front-row pair: Cowboys duo James Tamou and Matt Scott.
Confronted with a distressing shortage up front, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler will summon the exciting prospect from the bench.
With James Graham (suspension), Sam Kasiano (shin splints) and Frank Pritchard (groin) all unavailable for at least a month, Klemmer will face his baptism of fire alongside fellow greenhorn props Tim Browne and Marty Taupau.Partnering Aiden Tolman in the starting front row, Taupau has played just 10 first grade games, while Browne failed to add to his four NRL appearances last year.
But the most buzz at Bluetongue Stadium will surround Klemmer, who was snapped up by former Bulldogs recruitment man Peter Mulholland at just 15.
Klemmer was part of Parramatta's nursery at the time, but was frustrated because he couldn't progress from fourth to first division due to administrative red tape.
"He was too good to be playing fourth division back then and we offered him the opportunity to come to Canterbury on a three-year deal," Mulholland said.
"It helped that he was a massive Canterbury fan.
"I remember going to the family house and he even had a Bulldogs bedspread."
Tolman yesterday backed Klemmer to handle the steep rise he faces.
"He's very physical at training," Tolman said.
"He's that big and he's got plenty of aggression.
"He's got amazing talent for a young guy and everyone is talking him up.
"But he (Klemmer) can't worry about that.
"I suppose those things don't mean anything if you don't go out on the field and prove it.
"That's what he's got to do now. I'm sure he'll cause some damage no matter what grade he plays."
Hasler yesterday said Pritchard could've soldiered through, but club medicos have opted to rest him with the 26-week season in mind.
"He's coming off some post-season (groin) surgery," Hasler said. "At a scratch he could've played but we would rather take the other road and get some running under his belt."


i was first heard about Klemmer when he was described to me by someone supposedly in the know as the best prospect to emerge out of the Bulldogs junior grades since SBW... even so, quite a bit of money for someone that has not even played first grade yet 


some good news, no choice with the money there were clubs circling. i.e Ricky Stuart...

what is the story with Reynolds? 


Sam Williams
[INDENT]The Canberra Raiders could soon have another battle on their hands with Canterbury-Bansktown Bulldogs poised to pounce on halfback Sam Williams.

Williams, 21, is off contract at the end of this season, and Fairfax Media understands the Bulldogs are watching with interest as his negotiations with Canberra progress slowly.

Williams’ manager, Paul Sutton, met with Raiders management last Tuesday to hold initial talks.

Sutton warned Canberra that Williams is in high demand should it fail to lock him up soon, with a host of clubs desperate to snare a long-term halfback.

Williams has also been linked to the Penrith Panthers and St George Illawarra Dragons, two sides severely lacking in quality halves depth.

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I am disheartened with all this talk about Hodkinson and links to the Dragons etc. I believe we have a very good halfback here. He came to the club with big expectations and was asked to lead us around in his second year of first grade. He was coached by Kevin Moore. We all know how well our attack was under him. What a lot of people seem to forget is that when Jim Dymock took over, we were a different team and won most of our games. Our attack was much improved and I recall Hodkinson making a couple line breaks in just 2 games. This showed he can run and take on the line as well possess a great kicking game. He is cool under pressure highlighted by that field goal against parra. Injury has not been kind to him but I believed then we made a good purcahse and I still believe he is our best halfback option. I wonder how much different we would have been in the Grand final if he played the full season. I think Des should give him a chance to reach his potential before cutting him altogether and letting him go. 


yeah but he has dodgy knees...Desi knows best. Have heard a rumour of Nathan Gardner being linked to the club. But looks like the Mole has dispelled that rumour 


David Klemmer Remains a Bulldog
[INDENT]David Klemmer Remains a Bulldog
Friday 8 March 2013 12:18 PM

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs are pleased to announce the re-signing of front row forward David Klemmer for a further three years, through until the end of 2016.
Klemmer is a player that has come through the junior development system at the Bulldogs, playing both SG Ball and in the National Youth Competition (NYC) with the Club.
The 19-year-old had an outstanding season in 2012 playing 23 games as part of the NYC side and finished the year by being named in the NYC ‘Team of the Year’ and being named the NYC ‘Player of the Year’ at the prestigious Dally M Awards night in September.
The All Saints, Toongabbie junior is still eligible to play in the Holden Cup this season but has spent the pre-season as part of the NRL full-time squad which Klemmer believes has helped his development.
“I’ve been at the Club for a number of years now and I couldn’t see myself anywhere else in this next period of my career,” Klemmer said.
“I’ve learnt so much and I enjoy every day that I come here, I’ll keep working hard and learning from Des and the other players here and hopefully I will get my chance at some stage to play NRL.”
Coach Des Hasler is excited about being able to retain the young forward.
“We’re excited to have re-signed David for the next three years.
“He has been a part of the junior development system for a number of years. At just 19, he is an exciting prospect and will provide great depth for the Bulldogs moving forward.” [/INDENT] 


i heard that the dogs are chasing isreal falou after missing out on thurston. i also heard they were chasing gardner. 


we need a half... that's it

i do not see why we should waste so much money on an outside back, especially when we already have the likes of Morris, Perrett, Inu, Lafai, Turner etc. 


Eels' chase for Pritchard adds bite to Dogs clash

DateMarch 14, 2013 Out with a leg injury: Frank Pritchard. Photo: Jonathan Carroll

Parramatta have made a play for Canterbury forward Frank Pritchard in a move that will add further spice to Thursday night's clash between the arch rivals.
Pritchard, one of the biggest-name forwards off contract at the end of the season, is also considering interest from St George Illawarra and Wests Tigers.

However, the Eels are the club most likely to lure him away from Belmore as they attempt to bolster their pack. They thought they had nabbed their first big name under new coach Ricky Stuart when Josh Papalii signed a three-year deal worth $1.3 million. However, Canberra got underneath their guard, benefiting from a rule that allows the holding club up until round 13 to lodge a counter offer.

Pritchard has returned to his devastating best under the coaching of Des Hasler and the Bulldogs are keen to retain him. However, they are unlikely to be able to compete with Parramatta's offer. The 29-year-old has a family connection at the Eels, with younger brother Kaysa a hooker on the club's books.

A leg injury will prevent the New Zealand international from taking on the Eels at ANZ Stadium and he could be out for up to another month.

The Dragons are also looking to add starch to their pack and are keen to add the man dubbed ''Frank the Tank'' to their books.

The Eels remain cashed up after missing out on several of their signing targets including Papalii and Cowboys props Matt Scott and James Tamou. They are also after off-contract Wests Tigers captain Robbie Farah but the NSW hooker is expected to re-sign on a deal that will make him a Tiger for life.

It is understood Brisbane utility Corey Norman is close to agreeing to join the Eels. Norman's preferred position is pivot but he has been shifted to fullback after the arrival of Scott Prince.

Norman has told those close to him that he is poised to accept the $400,000-a-year deal.

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Great to see Klemmar resigned.

Agree that retention and a half should be our main concerns now.

The only big name halves off contract at the end of this year are Carney and Soward? 


is it worth while keeping frank the tank? 


money is going to be the determinative factor, i think... i would re-sign him 


+1 .. 


[h=1]Dogs' $2m to tie down Reynolds[/h]
[h=3] Brad Walter [/h] [h=4]Chief Rugby League Writer[/h]
AFTER missing out on Test five-eighth Johnathan Thurston, the Bulldogs have moved quickly to retain the services of Josh Reynolds and are tipped to announce his retention on a $1.9 million four-year contract.
Even if they had signed Thurston, Canterbury wanted to keep Reynolds but the North Queensland superstar's decision to play out his career at the Cowboys is believed to have hastened the deal.
As he demonstrated in last Saturday night's win over the Bulldogs, Thurston is arguably the best player in the game and his performance against the Melbourne trio of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater will hold the key to Saturday night's match in Townsville.
According to Sports Data's CVR (contributor value ratings) system, Thurston was the standout player in last weekend's opening round and if he maintains that form the $4 million North Queensland paid to retain him for the next four years will look like a bargain.
Sports Data awarded Thurston a rating of 977.50 for his efforts, which included three try assists, one line break and seven tackle breaks from his nine runs, as well as nine kicks totalling 186 metres, and 14 tackles.
However, three errors, three missed tackles and three penalties resulted in a deduction of 153 rating points for an overall CVR of 824.50 for the match or 10.31 per minute.
Knights winger Akuila Uate had a CVR of 854 against Wests Tigers but he had no deductions for errors, missed tackles or penalties, while Souths interchange forward George Burgess was the best impact player with a CVR of 21.96 per minute in his 29 minutes against the Roosters.
Thurston's decision to reject massive offers from the Bulldogs and Penrith has turned the focus on other playmakers off contract this season and Reynolds had already attracted interest from several rival clubs. However, Canterbury coach Des Hasler made it clear that re-signing the Bulldogs junior was a priority and he and Reynolds' manager, Daryl Mather, agreed to meet as soon as the salary cap was finalised for coming seasons.
Canterbury sources have told Fairfax Media an announcement is expected soon after the club matched a $475,000-a-season offer from a rival Sydney club for the tough 23-year-old.
Reynolds starred in Thursday night's 20-16 win over Parramatta, scoring a long-range try and setting up another for Sam Perrett with a perfectly placed cross-field kick.
With Reynolds staying at the Dogs, Cronulla and NSW Origin five-eighth Todd Carney is set to attract attention from rival clubs and he has already been linked with a move to St George Illawarra, whose own playmaker Jamie Soward is also off contract.
The Eels are believed to be close to a deal with Brisbane's Corey Norman, who has been moved to fullback from his preferred position of five-eighth to accommodate Scott Prince's arrival at the club.

Canberra halfback Sam Williams is also in demand, and has been linked to the Bulldogs as well as Penrith and the Dragons.

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