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Sharks Statement - Josh Dugan

The Sharks can confirm Josh Dugan is working with the NRL integrity unit concerning a potential breach of the NRL COVID biosecurity directives and is currently isolating from the NRL players and staff.

The alleged incident occurred late last week, prior to the NSW Government lockdown and was therefore not a violation of the NSW Government public health orders in place at the time.

Josh has had the necessary COVID test, which has returned a negative result, and hasn’t been in contact with other members of the playing group or staff due to the Sharks NRL squad having time off last week during the representative bye round.

He must undergo the mandatory 14-day isolation period and undergo further COVID testing before being permitted to return to training and or be available for team selection.

The club is working closely with the NRL Integrity Unit, with the investigations into the matter continuing. A decision from the NRL is pending upon completion of their review.