Saturday’s win over his former side was Watene-Zelezniak’s fifth game at fullback since joining Canterbury mid-season and the New Zealand international hinted his future could be wearing the No.1 jumper for the Bulldogs.
“I still have got a lot to learn. I am still learning every time I play and train,” he said. “I am enjoying my time there and as I have said before, I really love playing there and get some freedom up there.”
However, he is no closer to knowing how much longer his time will be at Canterbury as he is yet to sit down with the club to extend his stay beyond 2020. Watene-Zelezniak joined from Penrith in June on an 18-month contract and his arrival has coincided with the Bulldogs’ noticeable improvement. Despite his recent arrival, he is already enamoured with life in Belmore and wants to do everything in his power to convince the club to extend his stay by offering him a new deal.
“I love this club, hey. They’ve been amazing since day dot. It opened my eyes a bit, too. I really, really love this club,” he said. “I am very grateful they have given me this opportunity. If they want to keep me I’ll be over the moon. It’s out of my hands, I just have to keep playing footy and let them do what they need to do. Whatever comes my way I’ll take it head on.”
Watene-Zelezniak says he holds no grudges against his former employer and wasn’t seeking to make a statement against the side he spent six seasons with.
“It’s always good to come up against your old club and it’s awesome that we got another two points,” he said. “I went into this game with the mentality of that it’s just another game. I didn’t want to get too caught up in it because I knew it would sort of put me off that game.”