Brown backs Klemmer to fire against old club

No doubt playing against your old team mates can feel a bit odd.

The men you once lined up alongside, now the men you’re battling against.

New Newcastle Knights recruit David Klemmer was at the Bulldogs from 2013 to 2018.

He has a deep history with his old club. After all he got his start there.

On Saturday he’ll line up against the Dogs for the first time.

Coach Nathan Brown knows it will be different for his forward, but he’ll cope just fine.

“I’m sure with his maturity and where he’s at with his footy, and his age, it won’t be an issue for him,” said Brown.

“Klem has always acknowledged that Canterbury took him in as a young kid and gave him a start and he became an Origin and test player.

“He played a number of grand finals for Canterbury.

“like to think he’ll approach the game like he approaches every game.

“Klem is not someone who likes to lose, he hates the losing side of it.”

Brown admits moving to Newcastle has been a breath of fresh air for the Knights enforcer.

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“We were fortunate how the situation evolved; how Klem thought it was in his best interest to leave Sydney for not only football reasons but for other reasons,” added Brown.

“Newcastle with a young family seemed like a good destination.

“I think all he’s got to say is positive things about the Bulldogs and I’m sure all the Bulldogs will be positive about Klem.”