It was the end of the season and the Sharks were in desperate need of a marquee player to help boost their premiership hopes, with the likes of Corey Norman and Ben Hunt on their books.
A trade to Sydney had the Sharks’ eyes on a marquee star, and they took a flyer.
The Sharks were looking for an exciting winger who would add more competition to the forward line, and that would be the man who played alongside Jamie Lyon and Corey Norman for most of the year.
That player would be Josh Dugan.
The 23-year-old was a key member of the Sharks 2015 premiership winning team and played a big part in the Sharks ability to challenge for the premiership.
The Australian fullback has struggled to find consistency in his first two seasons, and he hasn’t been the same since joining the club.
His 2016 season was one of his lowest points of the campaign, and the club didn’t see much of him as they took the foot off the gas with the trade to the Dragons.
Josh Dugan was traded to the Roosters for Jack Stockwell, Sam Williams and a 2018 draft pick in 2018.
Source: News Corp Australia Dugan has been one of the club’s most consistent performers in his two seasons with the Sharks, and his ability to score a big try against the Dragons was one that cemented his place in the side.
However, his form in 2017 and 2018 was a mixed bag, and it wasn’t until the trade that Dugan finally found his feet.
Josh Duga was the main man in the Rooster Roosts win over the Dragons in 2017.
Source:”We want a top quality forward,” Sharks coach Shane Flanagan told the club website.
“Josh is a great player but we want a player with the ability to step up to the plate and provide the grunt work in front of the line.”
Duga’s performance in 2017 was a shining example of what he could do with his footwork.
He was strong on the ground, quick and decisive off the ball, and showed plenty of promise when he was on the wing.
Dugans ability to move the ball quickly was an asset that the Sharks sorely lacked last year, and when he stepped into the Sharks team at the start of the 2016 season, he was able to lead the Sharks in the midfield.
Dealing with the Dragons is another story entirely.
It’s a different club, but the Roos are a young and exciting club.
They have plenty of talent and Dugan’s potential could prove to be an asset to the Sharks.
The club has invested heavily in him this year, with a salary cap hit of $6 million, a two-year contract worth a massive $6.5 million, and a trade for a 2019 draft pick to bolster the forward lines depth.
The club is hopeful that Duga will be able to help them on and off the field, and is eager to see what he can bring to the club in 2017 as the Sharks look to get back to the premiers spot.
Josh Hughes is a key player for the Roo’s.
Source=”News Corp Australia”The Sharks had the chance to move Dugan and pick up some talent with their top two picks, but they opted not to.
Instead, they traded for the likes, Josh Duga and Jack Stockdale, and drafted the former.
Duga has had a solid start to his NRL career, and will be hoping to lead his team to another title in 2017, but his time in the NRL may be coming to an end.
Josh is on his way out of the Roop, and if the Sharks are to get a top-end forward in return, it’s imperative that the club keeps the door open for Duga.