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Dugan set to play for Dragons this weekend

Josh Dugan

Josh Dugan is set to make his return to the NRL this weekend after the troubled star signed with St George Illawarra on Friday.
Dugan set to play for Dragons this weekend
by AAP

By James MacSmith

SYDNEY, May 10 AAP - Josh Dugan is set to make his return to the NRL this weekend after the troubled star signed with St George Illawarra on Friday.

The Dragons meet Gold Coast at Skilled Park on Sunday and coach Steve Price indicated he was preparing to include Dugan in his side.

"We will have our captain's run tomorrow before we go to the Gold Coast tomorrow and I will make a decision then ... I'm not writing it off," Price said.

"I just have to get a gauge on where Josh is at. He is in a really good head space. He has been training behind the scenes on his own.

"I'll have a look at him tomorrow and make a decision then."

Price said the Dragons were not taking a risk signing Dugan on a deal until the end of the year after he was sacked by Canberra in March for a series of discipline breaches.

"He is a real talent and of all the meetings I have had with Josh he is a 10 out of 10 bloke. Everybody makes mistakes and Josh made one of those and he deserves a second chance," Price said.

Dugan expressed remorse over his acrimonious departure from Canberra and said he was grateful to be given a new lease of life with the Dragons.

"It's relief ... and I'm just excited about the opportunity and to be given a second chance," Dugan said.

"I have had a lot of time to think about how things went down and I probably could have done things a little better.

"But in saying that, I'm very thankful for the time I have had at the Raiders and I'm very thankful for the opportunity the Dragons have given me."




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