The 2018 season was a frustrating one for Josh Dugan in his first year at the Cronulla club, with a string of niggling injuries restricting his input to just 14 games.
While displaying his class when on the field, Dugan would have been finished the year somewhat unsatisfied with what he was able to deliver at the Sharks last year. Which can only be the perfect motivator for the NSW and Australian representative, as he works hard to overcome his injuries and return to the form that made him an almost automatic selection for the Blues and Kangaroos.
Dugan underwent shoulder surgery in the off-season to correct the issue which plagued the back end of the previous season and all indicators point to him being ready and raring to go come round one in 2019.
A big body, with speed and strength to go with it, a fit Dugan will be a major asset to his team and is likely to send fear through the Sharks opponents next season. Predicted to be used as a centre, the loss of Valentine Holmes also throws up the option of him moving to fullback, with the pre-season to sort out the positional shifts and determine just where Dugan will wind up.
A passionate supporter of community initiatives, in particular the Make Bullying History Foundation, Dugan has his serious moments, but overall, he has some fun in answering the Sharks Media questions in this instalment of the 'Under the Surface' series.
See what he has to say as we go a little deeper in getting to know your 2019 Sharks NRL squad.
Born – May 10, 1990,
Sydney Position – Centre/fullback
Height – 189cm
Weight – 102kgs
NRL games – 168
NRL games for the Sharks - 14