The only problem is the Dragons don’t see him as a fullback and instead want him to re-sign with the club as a centre. What’s the difference you ask? Money and a lot of it.
In the modern game, centres are one of the lowest paid positions, especially compared to the all important spine. The fullback has become an increasingly important addition to most team’s attack, with the No. 1 quite often inserting themselves into the line and taking on the role of another playmaker.
While no one can question Dugan’s toughness and ball running, his ball handling and passing leaves a lot to be desired.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Dragons are willing to make Dugan one of the highest paid centres in the game with an offer of $2.2 million over three years.
The Dragons are unwilling to go any higher with their offer and there have been reports that Dugan is looking for something around the $1 million a year mark.
“I feel like I’m a fullback and I’ve said that all along,” Dugan said.
“The rest of that sort of stuff that is up to my management and the club but I am looking to play fullback.”