Dogs boss hails star en­forcer Klem­mer

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with North Queens­land Cowboys player

DES Hasler reck­ons the State of Ori­gin se­ries was the mak­ing of David Klem­mer as a bona fide NRL star.

While NSW suf­fered an epic melt­down in the Ori­gin de­cider, gi­ant for­ward Klem­mer left a last­ing im­pres­sion on the Ma­roons in his first in­ter­state se­ries.

Ahead of tonight’s clash against Par­ra­matta, Can­ter­bury coach Hasler said his 21year- old en­forcer came of age over his three Ori­gin games.

“It’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for Dave,” he said.

“David doesn’t over com­pli­cate things. That’s the most re­fresh­ing thing about Dave. He just gets on, gets the job done. I thought he had a great se­ries. He’s re­ally es­tab­lished him­self as a player.”

Klem­mer re­turned to his role off the bench in the Bull­dogs’ loss to Bris­bane last week af­ter the re­turn of skip­per James Graham.

Klem­mer is an Eels prod­uct, hav­ing played his ju­nior football with the All Saints Toongab­bie Tigers in the Par­ra­matta lo­cal league.

But the Bull­dogs quickly snapped up the fiery fron­trower at age 15, adding to the lengthy list of Eels ju­niors now ply­ing their trade for other clubs.

Blues No. 7 Trent Hod­kin­son has been re­united with for­mer NSW five- eighth Josh Reynolds in the halves, push­ing ris­ing star Moses Mbye to the bench.

Hasler also moved to praise this week’s op­po­si­tion for keep­ing them­selves in fi­nals con­tention de­spite a sea­son rid­dled with off- field con­tro­ver­sies, in­clud­ing the Kieran Fo­ran con­tract saga and the salary cap breaches that re­sulted in the third­heav­i­est fine in NRL history.

“They’ve been go­ing very well. They’ve just been go­ing along qui­etly,” he said of the Eels. “The play­ing group have stuck re­ally close, which is good to see, and Brad’s got them play­ing well and with a bit of belief.”

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