Bulldogs farewell DWZ with 'emotional' haka

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Bulldogs star Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will depart for the Warriors effective immediately after being farewelled with a haka by Canterbury teammates.

Watene-Zelezniak addressed his teammates in the sheds following the Dogs' 36-10 loss to the Eels, telling them he had played his last game for the club.

It prompted a stirring haka to send off the fullback, led by Bulldogs welfare manager Luke Goodwin, Jeremy Marshall-King and Raymond Faitala-mariner.

"Dal has been a big part of our squad for the past two years now," Bulldogs fullback Nick Meaney said.

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

"He spoke to us as a playing group, we are all pretty tight, he said his words, and it's very emotional losing one of your close mates."

Watene-Zelezniak has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Warriors that will see him with the club until the end of the 2024 season. He is reportedly open to playing on the wing, allowing young gun Reece Walsh free reign of the fullback's jersey.

Watene-Zelezniak's departure is the first move in a major backline overhaul at the Bulldogs, freeing up further cap space with Josh Addo-Carr, Brent Naden and Matt Burton arriving in 2022.

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