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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Klemmer's sad family split revealed


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David Klemmer's estrangement from his family has been revealed amid ongoing scrutiny over his potential NRL move from the Bulldogs to Knights.

Channel Nine NRL reporter Danny Weidler wrote in a recent Sun Herald column that Klemmer's looming move to Newcastle was not primarily motivated by money, as has been widely speculated, but because of "personal reasons relating to his family".

That prompted an angry email from Klemmer's father, Helmut, with Weidler on Sunday reporting their subsequent conversation.

"We are being made out to be the bad guys in all of this and we are not the bad guys,” Helmut Klemmer said in the Sun Herald.

"It’s not our fault that David is living the life he is wanting to live and if he wants to leave the Bulldogs it’s not because of us. I want the innuendo to stop. We have not been asking David for money or anything like that.

"The truth is that we have not spoken to him for years. Every time that we try and make peace with him there is a disconnection. We did the right thing by him and were there for him as he was growing up but in recent years he has made a decision not to talk with us and he has his own life with his family and we have been kicked to the kerb."

Klemmer Sr denied in his email that his famous son had endured a difficult upbringing, writing: "Most of, if not all, his angst has been brought on by his own actions."

Klemmer, a Test and NSW Origin star, will reportedly agree a multi-million-dollar deal to join Newcastle's forward pack. He has two years remaining on his Canterbury deal.

He did not respond to his father's comments in Weidler's latest column.

BROOKS TALKS TO RAMP UP

New Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire will meet Dally M Halfback of the Year Luke Brooks this week in an effort to convince him to remain with the club, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Brooks is off-contract and will be targeted by rival clubs. He has already remained with the Tigers, his junior club, through the exits of James Tedesco, Mitchell MOses and Aaron Woods, but will have his loyalty tested by rich offers elsewhere.

Dean Ritchie writes: "The Daily Telegraph understands the Tigers want Brooks to sign a three to four-year contract.

"Brooks earns around $550,000 a season with the Tigers but that figure would be increased under any new deal."

The Sydney Roosters are among the clubs mentioned as suitors for Brooks, with Cooper Cronk likely to retire after next season.

JOHNSON NEEDED TO BE A LEADER

Former Warriors coach Matt Elliott has lamented not making Shaun Johnson more of a leader, as doubts linger over his future with the New Zealand club.

Johnson has never quite risen to the level of a champion player and with the Warriors uncertain that he will ever be able to deliver them an NRL title, he's been given permission to look elsewhere for his next deal. He is on about $1 million per season currently, a figure the Warriors aren't willing to maintain.

Elliott told the NZ Herald that the halfback's development may been more significant with responsibility.

"I made a mistake coaching Shaun," Elliott said. "Shaun captained the Nines team in 2014 and he did an outstanding job. Some of the playing group thought he was a bit over-zealous with that — I'm not going to go into who — but I got that wrong.

"I think that the fact that Shaun hasn't had an established leadership role — and think of the position he plays — that was a failing by me. I saw some unbelievable leadership qualities during that Nines series, I really did.

"For Shaun to progress as a player ... he doesn't need to be captain of a team but he needs to be an integral part of the leadership group. Regardless of whether Shaun wanted to be in the leadership group, he needed to be in there. He was ready. He's got leadership skills that haven't been tapped into and that's the good-to-great bit for Shaun."

David Klemmer's estrangement from his family has been revealed amid ongoing scrutiny over his potential NRL move from the Bulldogs to Knights.

Channel Nine NRL reporter Danny Weidler wrote in a recent Sun Herald column that Klemmer's looming move to Newcastle was not primarily motivated by money, as has been widely speculated, but because of "personal reasons relating to his family".

That prompted an angry email from Klemmer's father, Helmut, with Weidler on Sunday reporting their subsequent conversation.

"We are being made out to be the bad guys in all of this and we are not the bad guys,” Helmut Klemmer said in the Sun Herald.

"It’s not our fault that David is living the life he is wanting to live and if he wants to leave the Bulldogs it’s not because of us. I want the innuendo to stop. We have not been asking David for money or anything like that.

"The truth is that we have not spoken to him for years. Every time that we try and make peace with him there is a disconnection. We did the right thing by him and were there for him as he was growing up but in recent years he has made a decision not to talk with us and he has his own life with his family and we have been kicked to the kerb."

Klemmer Sr denied in his email that his famous son had endured a difficult upbringing, writing: "Most of, if not all, his angst has been brought on by his own actions."

Klemmer, a Test and NSW Origin star, will reportedly agree a multi-million-dollar deal to join Newcastle's forward pack. He has two years remaining on his Canterbury deal.

He did not respond to his father's comments in Weidler's latest column.

BROOKS TALKS TO RAMP UP

New Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire will meet Dally M Halfback of the Year Luke Brooks this week in an effort to convince him to remain with the club, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Brooks is off-contract and will be targeted by rival clubs. He has already remained with the Tigers, his junior club, through the exits of James Tedesco, Mitchell MOses and Aaron Woods, but will have his loyalty tested by rich offers elsewhere.

Dean Ritchie writes: "The Daily Telegraph understands the Tigers want Brooks to sign a three to four-year contract.

"Brooks earns around $550,000 a season with the Tigers but that figure would be increased under any new deal."

The Sydney Roosters are among the clubs mentioned as suitors for Brooks, with Cooper Cronk likely to retire after next season.

JOHNSON NEEDED TO BE A LEADER

Former Warriors coach Matt Elliott has lamented not making Shaun Johnson more of a leader, as doubts linger over his future with the New Zealand club.

Johnson has never quite risen to the level of a champion player and with the Warriors uncertain that he will ever be able to deliver them an NRL title, he's been given permission to look elsewhere for his next deal. He is on about $1 million per season currently, a figure the Warriors aren't willing to maintain.

Elliott told the NZ Herald that the halfback's development may been more significant with responsibility.

"I made a mistake coaching Shaun," Elliott said. "Shaun captained the Nines team in 2014 and he did an outstanding job. Some of the playing group thought he was a bit over-zealous with that — I'm not going to go into who — but I got that wrong.

"I think that the fact that Shaun hasn't had an established leadership role — and think of the position he plays — that was a failing by me. I saw some unbelievable leadership qualities during that Nines series, I really did.

"For Shaun to progress as a player ... he doesn't need to be captain of a team but he needs to be an integral part of the leadership group. Regardless of whether Shaun wanted to be in the leadership group, he needed to be in there. He was ready. He's got leadership skills that haven't been tapped into and that's the good-to-great bit for Shaun."

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