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Broncos end Dugan talks after star's latest tirade

Frozen out: Josh Dugan at his former club, the Canberra Raiders.

Frozen out: Josh Dugan at his former club, the Canberra Raiders. Photo: Colleen Petch

St George Illawarra appear to be Josh Dugan's only remaining option after the Broncos terminated negotiations with the sacked Canberra star following an Instagram tirade in which he told a Raiders fan to ''end yourself''.

With NRL officials confirming the latest incident would be taken into consideration when deciding whether to register a contract for Dugan with a new club, Brisbane chief executive Paul White announced late on Sunday that the Broncos had withdrawn their interest in him.

Before the incident, the Broncos had been planning to meet NRL salary cap auditor Ian Schubert to discuss how they could fit Dugan under their salary cap this season.

In the spotlight: former Canberra Raiders fullback Josh Dugan.

In the spotlight: former Canberra Raiders fullback Josh Dugan.

It is believed Dugan was close to finalising a three-year deal with Brisbane worth about $600,000 a season, but White said the Broncos would not make an application to register a playing contract for him with the NRL.

''We will not be making any attempt to register a contract for Josh Dugan with the NRL," White said. "While there were some negotiations, they are now over.''

Schubert is also responsible for determining when Dugan can play again after being sacked by the Raiders on March 13 for failing to attend a recovery session and training following Canberra's round one loss to Penrith.

Deep in thought: Josh Dugan.

Deep in thought: Josh Dugan. Photo: Colleen Petch

He also had an argument with David Furner after the Raiders coach turned up at Dugan's house, and posted a photo on Instagram of himself and teammate Blake Ferguson drinking alcohol on the roof of Ferguson's house.

While the Broncos and the Dragons had both expressed interest in Dugan, the NRL wanted to consider an extensive ''dirt file'' forwarded by the Raiders on his previous misdemeanours with the club before registering a contract for him.

NRL media and communications manager John Brady indicated Dugan's abusive tirade towards fans on Saturday night would be taken into account by Schubert.

''Through the salary cap auditor we are already looking into serious issues that would need to be considered in assessing any registration application on behalf of Josh Dugan,'' Brady said.

''If indeed the postings are genuine then they are concerning in the extreme and will have to be taken into consideration in determining his immediate future in the NRL. No application has been made by any club at this stage.

''The salary cap auditor has to determine in any registration application if a person is likely to comply with the NRL rules and he can take into account all relevant material in arriving at that decision.''

The Raiders' decision to sack Dugan was supported by the club's senior players, who had become tired of his antics, and it is believed Broncos' players had concerns about his move to Brisbane.

Broncos winger Josh Hoffman ''liked'' a comment posted on Facebook on Sunday after former Melbourne and Bulldogs winger Steve Turner told ABC Radio that senior Brisbane players should be consulted before the club signed Dugan.

St George Illawarra players had publicly endorsed the club's bid to sign Dugan before it became clear that Brisbane were his first preference and with the Broncos now out of the running the Dragons may be his last hope.

Dragons officials did not respond to text messages about Dugan on Sunday.

40 comments so far

  • A message from the past for St George.......one of .Jack Gibson's sayings about "difficult Players"............"ONCE A MUG,ALWAYS A MUG" ..........I think people are simply over Josh Dugan

    Commenter
    James Kinkade
    Location
    Silverton
    Date and time
    April 01, 2013, 2:42AM
    • I reckon Willie Mason and Todd Carney have recently proven that Gibson dictum fallible. Some sports stars are like children, needing a lot of discipline and guidance. A patient club and the right coach can provide it.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Date and time
      April 01, 2013, 12:17PM
  • Let's not turn our backs on Duggan. The guy may need support to assist him through this rough time.

    Commenter
    Base Unit
    Date and time
    April 01, 2013, 7:04AM
    • Good April fools joke.

      Commenter
      Interceptor13
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      April 01, 2013, 9:42AM
    • Yes, let's not turn our backs on Josh. Let's show him how to socialise like a proper human being rather then getting behind the keyboard and ranting and raving sweet nothings. How can these young people be so stupid to get on the internet and publish rubbish and not expect ramifications in such a politically correct do-gooder world. Seriously Josh, stay off the grog and throw your internet away and concerntrate on your footy OR go get a garbo job or something.

      Commenter
      Andy
      Date and time
      April 01, 2013, 11:40AM
    • Or maybe he just needs to grow up and start acting like a professional athlete and a role model.

      Commenter
      Jack
      Date and time
      April 01, 2013, 4:44PM
    • Agreed. Best way to help him, though, is to encourage him to get his head out of the clouds and stop thinking he's so special because he can run fast and throw a piece of inflated pigskin around. A real job may help.

      Commenter
      GT
      Date and time
      April 01, 2013, 5:55PM
  • I've been a Dragons supporter for nearly sixty years and although we are desperately in need of a class back this dope is not class but a self centred idiot. His comment that his side of the story has not been told, shows how much in denial he is. You could have told your side of the story if you had turned up and explained to the Raiders when you were asked to. I am sure the media would love to tell your side, why don;t you do so? What are you afraid of?

    Commenter
    Gillies
    Location
    Tuross Head NSW
    Date and time
    April 01, 2013, 7:35AM
    • Come on DOUST..!!Get ur finger out!!SIGN HIM UP.He's just a boy who's being picked on.With some guidance ,maybe a bit of therapy a short time booze ban, and there u go ,a top echelon player.Dragons supporters need him,and Beale,well,he's just has'nt got what it takes...

      Commenter
      qld dragons fan
      Date and time
      April 01, 2013, 10:11AM
  • Well, you can't help someone when they can't help themselves. He appears to be an arrogant, self-centred person who thinks he is better than everyone else, including fans.

    Commenter
    KingsRansom
    Date and time
    April 01, 2013, 7:43AM

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