Queensland prop Dylan Napa has signed for Canterbury Bulldogs on a three year deal, the club confirmed today as David Klemmer left for Newcastle Knights.
The talented, hard running forward, who made his NRL debut against the Bulldogs in 2013, will add a steely edge to a pack that has already been bolstered by the additions of Corey Harawira-Naera and Sauaso 'Jesse' Sue.
Napa, 26, made 122 appearances for the Roosters in his six seasons at the club, and was part of last season's Premiership winning side.
Napa will join the Bulldogs immediately, replacing David Klemmer who has been released.
Bulldogs Chief Executive Andrew Hill was delighted at being able to secure a the forward.
"Dylan has played on the biggest stages and experienced success at Origin and Grand Final level and we are confident that he can bring that uncompromising and winning mentality to the Bulldogs," he said.
"Dylan will also add extra steel to what is already shaping to be an outstanding group of forwards."
Head Coach Dean Pay was also looking forward to what Napa will bring.
"Signing someone of Dylan's toughness and ability is a major coup for the club." he said.
"We really feel that we have got a high calibre footballer who will be a great addition to both our pack and our playing group as a whole."
Andrew Hill also thanked David Klemmer for his contribution to the Bulldogs :
He added: "I would like to thank David for his time at the Bulldogs,. He played his first NRL match for the club in 2013 and ended up making 113 appearances, in addition to his representative honours.
"We have always said to David that we wanted him to stay at the club, but ultimately he and his family have made a decision around needing a change of environment."
"It has been a complex and challenging situation which we have tried to manage in the best interests of both parties. We now wish David and his family all the best in the next stage of his life."
Klemmer, 24, joins the Knights on a five year deal which has delighted the club.
"David is one of the world's best front rowers and his signing is an enormous coup for us," said Knights CEO Philip Gardner.
"He's been very upfront about the fact he sees a lot of potential in the Knights. He wants to win a Premiership and he sees himself doing it here. That is a massive vote of confidence in the direction of our side and our club."
He added: "In signing David, we welcome a quality individual, not just a quality player.
"He is a family man and a good person. He and his wife Chloe and their three boys are coming not just for football but for the quality of life Newcastle offers."
Coach Nathan Brown added: "Klem has played 17 times for Australia and 12 times for NSW before his 25th birthday, which says a lot about him.
"He's a big man who will help us over the advantage line and lead our pack. He's exactly what we need."