Raiders insist they're not paying out contract
John Mackay leaves the Raiders' board meeting on Thursday. Photo: Rohan Thomson
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The Canberra Raiders will not pay out disgraced former star Josh Dugan following his sacking on Thursday afternoon.
The Raiders are also looking to establish their own integrity unit to address internal behavioural issues, with five players sacked for alcohol-related issues in the past six seasons.
Earlier this week, Dugan skipped a Raiders recovery session and posted photographs on social media of he and teammate Blake Ferguson drinking alcohol on the roof of a Nicholls home.
Dugan was injured at the time and banned by the team from drinking alcohol.
Raiders chairman John McIntyre said the club would not be supplementing any of Dugan's contract if he was to join an NRL rival.
''It's not a settlement, it's a termination,'' McIntyre said. ''He had the opportunity to front the board and challenge that, but he didn't.''
McIntyre said he was keen to create an integrity unit at the Raiders to oversee club discipline, but said it was too early to speculate who may be involved.
Raiders board member John Mackay told ABC radio Dugan had proven he was not a team player, and his teammates had pushed for him to be sacked.
Mackay said Dugan sought a release from the club.
''My understanding is that he's not entitled to anything as of yesterday,'' he said.
Mackay said the CEO and chairman of the NRL attended Thursday's meeting, and the board broached the idea of banning Dugan from playing for other clubs.
''It was something we certainly discussed, but it wasn't something we discussed conclusively, but we felt we needed to on behalf of all of our fans and the club to send a clear message that the sort of behaviour that Josh has engaged in is not acceptable,'' he said.
Mackay said if Dugan wanted to play for another club he would have to register, and then have his registration accepted by the NRL.
''I'd assume they may well say, 'Hang on a second, what happened to your old one?', and, 'Why should we re-register you, why shouldn't you undergo some form of, whether it's a time ban or some sort of a review?','' he said.
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Poll: Did the Raiders do the right thing in sacking Josh Dugan?
- Absolutely. He'd had enough chances, and this week's actions left them with no choice.
- No. He needed to be punished, but they should have stopped short of sacking him.
- No. He didn't really do that much wrong, he was just having some fun and everyone over-reacted.
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