The most significant playing contract in recent Raiders history was yesterday sealed over a meal of burgers and fries, with Canberra set to announce today the re-signing of star fullback Josh Dugan for another two seasons.
After months of speculation, Dugan will put his signature on a $1.3 million contract with the Raiders today that will keep him in Canberra until the end of the 2014 season.
The Canberra Times yesterday photographed Raiders chief executive Don Furner and Dugan’s manager Paul Sutton dining at The Public Bar in Manuka. They were joined by PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Terry Weber, a member of the ACT Brumbies board who is understood to have played a prominent role in garnering third-party corporate support for Dugan’s upgraded contract.
The main sticking point in negotiations had been the wording of a clause to account for any rise in the salary cap, which is expected to increase after the NRL’s new broadcast deal is finalised mid-year.
Dugan’s contract will be the most significant re-signing for the Raiders since star five-eighth Terry Campese signed a six-year extension in 2009.
The Sydney Roosters, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons had all shown interest in the South Tuggeranong junior and Dugan, 21, is already viewed as an emerging superstar of the game, having represented the NRL All Stars twice and played for NSW in last year’s State of Origin.