He signed early last year, dropped by for a medical assessment and to meet a few of players prior to Christmas, however on Monday Josh Dugan officially became a Shark when he attended his first training session.
After being afforded an extended break following the World Cup, where Dugan and new Sharks team-mates Valentine Holmes and Wade Graham also played a starring role, the club’s high profile recruit fronted for his first day in his new colours.
Now a ‘veteran’ of two training sessions and a beach recovery on Wednesday morning, Dugan spoke to Sharks TV about his move to Cronulla, the recent World Cup and the season ahead.
“I’m excited to be here and really looking forward to the year ahead,” Dugan began. “I want to hopefully continue the form I had at the World Cup, stay consistent and do my job for the boys.”
Talking World Cup and it was a Dugan ankle tap which preserved Australia’s narrow lead in the Final against England, while his partnership down the Kangaroos left-hand side with Holmes resulted in the Sharks flyer finishing the tournament as the leading try scorer.
For Dugan, the World Cup experience will be a memory that is set to last a lifetime.
“(The World Cup) was probably the highlight of my career so far. To be a part of that group, to go all the way and win was something special and something I’ll hold close to me for a long time,” he said.
See the first Dugan interview, now playing on Sharks TV.