St George Illawarra Dragons centre Josh Dugan will not let the weather deter him from competing against the Gold Coast Titans at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.
The NSW Blues representative, who confessed returning to the nation’s capital was a surreal moment last round, admits the torrential rain which has plagued the area has made training unpleasant for the Red-and-Whites but they have risen above it nonetheless.
Dugan, 24, believes that he has settled into his new role as the left inside-edge and has praised his surrounding players on the left-edge including second-rower Leeson Ah Mau.
“The boys all trained well when they returned to the paddock in the rain on Tuesday,” said Dugan.
“We practiced as best we could given the weather conditions and we’re all looking forward to getting back out there again for our remaining sessions this week.
“It was a bit emotional running out to GIO Stadium as the opposition but the Dragons are my home now and I’m definitely looking forward to the future here.
“The fans were giving me a bit of stick but it was nothing I hadn’t heard before and they enjoyed being stirred.
“There were a fair few Dragons supporters in the crowd too which was great to see.
“Personally, I’m enjoying playing the centres and that combination along the left edge between myself, Nightingale, Ah Mau and Marshall is getting stronger with each week we all play together.
“Leeson in particular has been playing some great footy over the last few weeks and I think he’s gotten two of the last three man-of-the-matches for us.
“He keeps improving every week and really becoming a better player.
“I’m looking forward to playing our last home game this weekend in front of a huge Red V crowd and if the weather holds off its going to be a great day.”