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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Problem as Test star signs for new club


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New Zealand Test captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has signed with the Bulldogs - but he shouldn't be playing fullback, according to Peter Sterling.

DWZ was linked to the Tigers, where his former Kiwis coach Michael Maguire is in charge, but has signed an 18-month contract with Canterbury. It brings to an end his time with Penrith, where he fell out of favour this season under new coach Ivan Cleary.

Watene-Zelezniak prefers to play fullback, but Dylan Brown is playing No.1 for the Panthers. The Kiwi star will have to unseat Nick Meaney to play fullback at the Bulldogs.

But that shouldn't happen, Sterling says.

"Nick Meaney wouldn't be overly [happy] - he's been really good for them this year," Sterling said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"I don't think Dallin is a fullback anyway. I think he's a winger, to be honest."

NSW coach Brad Fittler said that DWZ was a good signing regardless of which position he plays. Canterbury are struggling this season after their roster was gutted due to salary cap problems.

"I think anytime the Dogs at the moment can sign an international is a good thing for the Dogs," Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"When I look at their team at the moment, you've got Josh Jackson and apart from that, there's no one there that's really played much representative football. Sometimes that gives you confidence.

"You learn certain things by playing for NSW and Australia. I think the fact that he's a New Zealand captain will help the Dogs."

Watene-Zelezniak's signing came after the Bulldogs lured Melbourne forward Joe Stimson for next season.

"I think he's a really good buy," Sterling said.

Storm legend Billy Slater agreed, saying: "One that the Melbourne Storm didn't want to lose.

"He'll be an incredible addition to their roster, add some depth. He's a great back-rower. Had some injuries at he start of this year, but he'll be a welcome addition."

Watene-Zelezniak has scored 41 tries from 106 NRL games.

"The acquisition of Dallin is fantastic news for the club and the vision we have going forward," Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said.

"Not only is Dallin a great player but he is a quality person and a leader. As the current Kiwi captain he provides us with both class and proven ability and he will be a major addition to our backline. 

"On the back of Joe Stimson from the Storm agreeing to terms last week, Dallin’s signing is another significant step in the right direction for the club and we welcome Dallin and his family to Belmore and look forward to our members and fans getting the chance to watch him play."

New Zealand Test captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has signed with the Bulldogs - but he shouldn't be playing fullback, according to Peter Sterling.

DWZ was linked to the Tigers, where his former Kiwis coach Michael Maguire is in charge, but has signed an 18-month contract with Canterbury. It brings to an end his time with Penrith, where he fell out of favour this season under new coach Ivan Cleary.

Watene-Zelezniak prefers to play fullback, but Dylan Brown is playing No.1 for the Panthers. The Kiwi star will have to unseat Nick Meaney to play fullback at the Bulldogs.

But that shouldn't happen, Sterling says.

"Nick Meaney wouldn't be overly [happy] - he's been really good for them this year," Sterling said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"I don't think Dallin is a fullback anyway. I think he's a winger, to be honest."

NSW coach Brad Fittler said that DWZ was a good signing regardless of which position he plays. Canterbury are struggling this season after their roster was gutted due to salary cap problems.

"I think anytime the Dogs at the moment can sign an international is a good thing for the Dogs," Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show.

"When I look at their team at the moment, you've got Josh Jackson and apart from that, there's no one there that's really played much representative football. Sometimes that gives you confidence.

"You learn certain things by playing for NSW and Australia. I think the fact that he's a New Zealand captain will help the Dogs."

Watene-Zelezniak's signing came after the Bulldogs lured Melbourne forward Joe Stimson for next season.

"I think he's a really good buy," Sterling said.

Storm legend Billy Slater agreed, saying: "One that the Melbourne Storm didn't want to lose.

"He'll be an incredible addition to their roster, add some depth. He's a great back-rower. Had some injuries at he start of this year, but he'll be a welcome addition."

Watene-Zelezniak has scored 41 tries from 106 NRL games.

"The acquisition of Dallin is fantastic news for the club and the vision we have going forward," Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said.

"Not only is Dallin a great player but he is a quality person and a leader. As the current Kiwi captain he provides us with both class and proven ability and he will be a major addition to our backline. 

"On the back of Joe Stimson from the Storm agreeing to terms last week, Dallin’s signing is another significant step in the right direction for the club and we welcome Dallin and his family to Belmore and look forward to our members and fans getting the chance to watch him play."

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