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Leading man Josh Dugan prepped 


Feb. 19, 2014, 3:09 a.m.

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Twelve months after the start to the most turbulent season in his career, a settled Josh Dugan has made the surprising jump from party boy to captaincy candidate at St George Illawarra.
Dugan has joined the likes of Ben Creagh, Dan Hunt, Brett Morris and Jason Nightingale as part of the Dragons' leadership group, a position few would have predicted this time last year.
"I wasn't too sure if I'd be in [the leadership group]," Dugan said.
"I've always seen myself as a leader on the field. I've picked up and have become more mature off it. It's about being a better person on and off the field and leading by example off the field which I wasn't so good at in the last few years.
His rise caps a remarkable turnaround after Dugan was sacked for a range of off-field incidents at Canberra last year before the Broncos withdrew a contract offer because of a social media rant.
The fullback even chuckled to himself when asked if he would have been considered a leadership candidate this time last year.
"Definitely not," Dugan said. "I was still in that young minded stage. It is tough coming through at 18 and having to grow up real quick. It took me longer than it probably should have, but I am there now hopefully. I'm [starting to do] the right things again.
Dugan was sublime in his 10 appearances for the Dragons last year after making a mid-season switch. He was rewarded with two games for NSW before signing a rich four-year contract extension with St George Illawarra.
As the Dragons' attack stalled last year, Dugan became the team's main attacking weapon.
Now with a new halves pairing of Sam Williams and Gareth Widdop, Dugan hopes the duo will spark St George Illawarra's attack, too, as he rekindles his on-field partnership with Williams - a former Canberra teammate.
"It's a different structure and a bit more free running stuff," Dugan said. "Sammy's game is running to the line. He has a good dummy. He'll excel with the structure we've got.
"We've got two international wingers, we are trying to get them the ball a bit more and use them up a bit. The structure has changed a fair bit."



I think it will be good for him. Since he has been with the saints he has shown us he's maturing. I still blame a lot of his early problems on the crappy Canberra club and it's culture. 

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Wasn't Dugan helping Ferguson play stink fingers with that chick in a night club.......you know, the incident that has Ferguson now listed as a sex offender.


Rumor has it, Dugan held this chicks hands behind her back while Blakey had his way with her.


Dugan was employed by St merge at the time. 

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Josh Dugan injured in St George Illawarra's 38-20 loss to South Sydney in Charity Shield

Updated 38 minutes ago


Josh Dugan suffered a knee injury in St George lllawarra's 38-20 Charity Shield loss to South Sydney in Wollongong.

Dugan came off after giant Souths forward George Burgess fell on his knee in scoring the Rabbitohs' seventh and final try during the second half.

It is believed he suffered a medial ligament injury and is expected to have a scan to determine the extent of the damage.

There was also a scare for opposing full-back Greg Inglis, who came off two minutes into the second half following a head clash with Dragons' forward Dan Hunt.

A team official spent several minutes checking a groggy looking Inglis on the sideline, but it is not believed to be a serious knock, while five-eighth Dylan Walker appeared to have aggravated a hamstring niggle.

John Sutton, who had been earmarked to play at lock this season, stepped into half-back due to injuries to Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds.

He tore the Dragons apart with a sublime display of playmaking and was heavily involved in several tries.

The Rabbitohs led 12-0 after 12 minutes and piled on 26 unanswered points either side of the break to lead 38-4.

The Dragons reduced the margin and salvaged a sliver of respectability with the last three tries, two of them to Peter Mata'utia and one to Adam Quinlan.

Souths took just 12 minutes to stamp their authority on the game, despite starting on the back foot.

The Dragons had the first three sets and forwards Leeson Ah Mau and Trent Merrin both went close to crossing the Rabbitohs line.

Having defended stoutly at the start, Souths then showed their attacking class with two tries in four minutes.

A cross-field kick by Sam Burgess was caught and flicked back by winger Nathan Merritt to centre Beau Champion, who crossed for the first try.

Slick handling from hooker Issac Luke, Sutton and Walker set up a slick try to centre Bryson Goodwin, whose second conversion made it 12-0.

The Dragons' woes were compounded when star winger Brett Morris dropped a pass from five-eighth Gareth Widdop a few metres out with the line open.

Former Rabbitohs centre Dylan Farrell set up a 20th minute try to winger Jason Nightingale, but that was one of the few first half highlights for the Dragons.

The remainder of the half belonged to the Rabbitohs, with veteran winger Lote Tuqiri rounding off some more good passing from Sutton, Walker and Inglis.

Sutton's classy pass set up a try to another recruit, former Canberra forward Joe Picker, with Goodwin landing his third conversion from four attempts to set up a 22-4 half-time lead.

The Rabbitohs crossed three more time after the break before the Dragons' late revival.


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I think it will be good for him. Since he has been with the saints he has shown us he's maturing. I still blame a lot of his early problems on the crappy Canberra club and it's culture. 


St George Illawarra NRL player Craig Garvey was charged with assault late Tuesday over an incident in Wollongong's CBD last week.


Garvey and his lawyer attended Wollongong Police Station on Tuesday afternoon where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray over an incident at the Hotel Illawarra last Thursday night.


The 21-year-old was granted conditional bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on March 25.


Garvey left the police station about 4.20pm.


Neither he nor his lawyer responded to the questions from the Illawarra Mercury.


Police issued a statement on Tuesday night confirming a 21-year-old man would face court later this month "after an alleged assault at a licensed premises in Wollongong".


"About 10.20pm on Thursday, February 27, 2014, an altercation occurred between two men at a licensed premises on Keira Street," the statement said.


"A 26-year-old man was taken to Wollongong Public Hospital for treatment of eye and cheek injuries.

"Detectives from Wollongong Local Area Command began an investigation."


The Dragons stood down Garvey on Friday after what the club said was a breach of its code of conduct.


Illawarra Mercury


http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-l ... 3457f.html





Rumour going about that Josh Dugan was involved as well but is being protected by the Merge club. 

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