Josh Dugan was axed from the St George Illawarra Dragons side who faced the Penrith Panthers for ‘disciplinary reasons.’ Ever since, there has been plenty of rumours circulating about what the New South Wales centre might have done.
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Reports claimed that Dugan had missed the team bus and that senior players had decided, alongside head coach Paul McGregor, to drop him from the side. It’s not a huge stretch to imagine this to be the case as Dugan has a history littered with dumb decisions, irresponsible behaviour and an almost unbelievable lack of respect for his employers. Just ask the Canberra Raiders, or even his current club, St George, who have had enough troubles with the centre previously. The management of the New South Wales Blues are another who have to deal with Dugan’s indiscipline.
Dugan is at a level of arrogance and disregard where he doesn’t even take preparations for State of Origin seriously. The whole episode of Dugan and fellow bonehead Blake Ferguson having beers and a bet just five days out from one of the biggest Origin clashes in recent memory has been covered comprehensively. But looking back, it really is astonishing how the man can continually waste his natural ability.
When teammate Jason Nightingale fronted the media in the wake of the Dragons’ narrow win over the Panthers, he claimed that Dugan was apologetic and still willing to fight for the cause. That seems unlikely given the lack of commitment he has shown throughout his career.
A litany of stupid decisions
Whether it’s Bacardi Breezers on the roof of a building or having a potential big-money move to the Broncos canned for stupid social media behaviour, the one consistent in Dugan’s career has been a stunning streak of irresponsible, poorly-timed, decisions.
With that in mind, is Dugan a worthwhile addition to an NRL side?
At one point in his career, Dugan was a sensationally talented footballer. That much is shown by his Origin and international caps. But that time has been lost in a plethora of dumb decisions alongside injuries.
He won’t be a Dragon beyond 2017, thanks to handsome offer from the Cronulla Sharks, and there will be plenty of Sharks fans who are happy with his acquisition. But there will also be those questioning investing in a player who has constantly let down his teammates.
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