Canberra Raiders fullback Josh Dugan wants to stay in the ACT beyond 2012 although a decision on his playing future won’t be made until well into next year.
The Tuggeranong junior comes off contract at the end of next season and a host of NRL clubs are believed to be lining up for the boom youngster’s prized signature should he slip through the Raiders’ retention net.
One of rugby league’s hottest properties, Dugan made his State of Origin debut in game one this year before an untimely ankle injury ruled him out of the series, and ultimately cost him any chance of a spot in Tim Sheens’s Australian Four Nations squad.
Speaking at yesterday’s Ben Donohoe Fun Run and Walk at Lake Ginninderra, Dugan hoped he could strike a deal with the Raiders to extend his stay in the capital.
”I’m really hoping that I can stay here and I’d love to stay here, all my family and friends are here so hopefully we can get something that works,” Dugan said.
”I’d hate to leave. In the end as a player you have to look after yourself.
”I haven’t really been in contact much with anyone [about a new contract]. I’m just focused on pre-season heading up to Christmas and we’ll sort it out after that.”
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