David Klemmer has revealed why he left the Knights to reunite with former Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens, who made his Test debut and revealed he didn’t need much persuasion to join the Tigers.
Sydney Morning Herald He reported that Klemmer was excited to join forces with Sheens and help with his vision of turning wooden spoonbills into a prime ministerial force.
«He didn’t say anything until the end of the week, then he told me I was playing and I was so happy,» Klemmer said of his Test debut in 2014.
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“It was good for me as he was so young. He still has the same coaching style. He knows the rugby league very well.
«He can adapt to the current state of the game – a few things have changed but he’s still a good coach.»
Klemmer still had a year to complete his Knights deal and was playing well at Newcastle, but the lack of opportunities beyond 2023 convinced him it was time to take his career in a new direction.
«I went back to Newcastle over the next few years to see if there was anything there,» Klemmer said.
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“There was nothing and they thought about relocating me and Hastings.
“I have a lot of rust inside me and the fire is still burning, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to come here and play for the Tigers. They are definitely looking up.”
Klemmer explained that he was confident the Tigers were heading in the right direction and wanted to be a part of it after touring the club’s new $78 million center of excellence, the Zurich Centre.
“After that first meeting, I had already crossed the line,” Klemmer said.
“Just like how he was talking about things, he was talking about footy. He’s just a rugby league coach and I still want to get better.
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“I’ve been playing for a long time and I want to be better in every way on and off the court. He’s there and Benji [Marshall] He wants to coach and help. This is very exciting.»
Klemmer turns 29 in December and sees his role as the leader of the Tigers’ exciting young forward core after 194 NRL games for the Bulldogs and Knights, 14 Origins for NSW and 19 Tests for Australia.
«There’s a lot of young men coming, a lot of middle [forwards] has potential,” said Klemmer.
«I want to play with them and try to help them in any way on or off the court. I want to get out there with them and work hard and try to develop them. I like that.»
However, he declined to put his name forward for the captaincy vacuum left by James Tamou’s departure to the Cowboys at this stage.
«I’ve only been here a few days,» Klemmer said.
«You should ask that at the end of the pre-season, I’m just getting to know everybody.
“I want to make sure I know everyone on that football team, from the 17+. I want to get to know them on and off the field. I’m a little nervous, but I love him.»
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