New Zealand captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has signed a two-year contract extension with Canterbury Bulldogs.

The full-back made an impressive impact after joining the Bulldogs from Penrith Panthers in June.

Watene-Zelezniak, 24, has been rewarded with a new deal that will keep him at Belmore until the end of the 2022 NRL season.

Bulldogs chief executive Andrew Hill said “Dallin is a quality individual who has really fitted into the Bulldogs culture on and off the field.

“His performances in the full-back role were outstanding last season and he also brings a level of leadership that has greatly enhanced our team.

“We are delighted that he has committed his future to our club and that he has bought into our values.

“He is extremely well respected around the playing group and we look forward to seeing him continue to flourish next season.”