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David Klemmer has quickly become a cult hero on the field for the Bulldogs, but it’s what has happened away from the footy field that has helped him become the man he is today.

At 21 years of age and being a father to two boys has quickly made the tear away front-rower grow up and appreciate the small things in life.

“It really keeps me level and I love having a little family,” Klemmer said.


He became a father for only the second time last week and at times it can be tough juggling a professional sporting career as well as being a father at such a young age, but the support Dave has at home, really enables him to achieve his rugby league goals.

“My missus is a wonderful girl and her mum and dad help out heaps.

“I can have a bad day at training or a bad game, but you can go home and see them all smiling. I love it.”

Klemmer’s game has improved out of sight in 2015, from regular bench spot in 2014 to Origin player and one of the leaders of the Bulldogs pack in 2015 and for a young man of his age, staying level headed, keeping your head out of the papers is how Klemmer deals with the publicity and recognition.

“I don’t read too much stuff. I have good support at home and my missus really keeps me level headed.

“She will let me know if I have done something bad and you just can’t get a head of yourself,”


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