Dugan’s Origin mission to take down Inglis
STANDING proud in sky blue, Josh Dugan is out to prove his rugby league redemption.
Cast out by his hometown club the Canberra Raiders after off-field incidents, 12-months ago, Dugan faced the prospect of becoming one of the game's lost talents.
Granted a lifeline with the St George Illawarra Dragons and repositioned in the centres, Dugan's Blues call-up according to coach Laurie Daley was 'a decision backed by experience and form.'
Speaking in Coffs Harbour of his will to take the chance with two hands, Dugan appeared unfazed by the task of facing off against Greg Inglis.
"GI is definitely one of the best centres in the game if not the best, it's going to be tough for me but I'm up for it," Dugan said.
Dugan, 24, has been a standout in his four previous appearances for New South Wales at fullback and after running in a hat-trick in the Dragon's recent win over Cronulla, the man who has his life story inked across his body, says he's raring to go.
"Getting the chance to be part of the side that stopped Queensland's run would be the best moment of my career and I just hope I don't let anyone down," he said.
Dugan's move to the centres was initiated by Daley and the Dragons new coach Paul McGregor.
Remembered as a hard running Origin great himself, 'Mary' McGregor, as a member of the Blues coaching staff hopes Dugan's shift out wide will prove a game changing Origin masterstroke tomorrow night.
"What he brings is 102kg of talent, he likes the physical contact in defence and he is a footballer so he knows where to position himself with the ball and he knows how to play off halves," McGregor said.
"He likes the big stages.
"If you look at his past history every time he has played in Origin he has performed, so I think he will handle it."