Mark Gasnier’s shock retirement could open the door for St George Illawarra Dragons to chase Canberra Raiders superstar Josh Dugan.
Gasnier yesterday revealed his mind was made up to retire at the end of 2011 before he started pre-season training, and believes his departure will not leave a gaping hole in the Dragons’ roster.
His retirement has freed up enough space in the Dragons’ cap for the club to chase the top talent in the NRL, with Dugan coming off contract with the Canberra Raiders at the end of the 2012 season.
“They might choose to hold on for a year and then chase someone like Josh Dugan,” Gasnier said. “Obviously the club’s done really well with [future recruits] Tim Moltzen and Chase Stanley. Josh Dugan would be a great buy as well. Personally, I’d like to see Chase get [the starting centre position].”
However, Dragons chief executive Peter Doust yesterday said his club is not chasing another outside back “as such”.