By Mary Maidiotis
St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan admits his priorities lie no where else but with the team as they look to face the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Sunday.
Dugan, 25, concedes that although he would love to pull on the NSW Blues fullback jersey again this year, his main focus is to head into the bye with a win over their Canberra foes.
The NSW Blues Representative says he is eager to knock the Raiders down a few notches, after some dominant performances.
“The body wasn’t too bad after the game, I was straight in the ice when I got home on Monday night, so I’ve been doing everything that I can to make sure I’ll be right to go on Sunday,” said Dugan.
“I don’t think we completed or capitalised on our chances, and we gave a great footy side too much ball in our own end.
“We made 40-50 more tackles than they did and I think most of them were straight after half-time, so that’s definitely something that we can improve on and look to build our second half early.
“I love playing at WIN on a Sunday afternoon, so I’m looking forward to it and Canberra’s coming off a few good wins as well so they’ll be flying high and we’re looking to knock them down a bit.
“I’d love to be in the Origin side and in that number one jersey, but again, our job is this Sunday against Canberra and we don’t want to lose two, going into a bye, after winning six.
“I’m definitely not looking to do anything but win this weekend and then the rest will follow.
“Being in Origin Camp is awesome, just the whole build-up and the hype around it, it’s one of the biggest games to play in and to watch, it’s something that I love being a part of and hopefully that happens again this year.
“I think NSW will go into it a bit similar to last year, we’ll take a similar attitude, I think last year’s the past and we have to go into it fresh and ready to take it out again.
“It’s Women in League Round this weekend which is very important to a lot of us.
“I’ve got my mum, my nan, my sister, my girlfriend, and her mum as well, so there are definitely some special women in my life that have helped me get to where I am, and I don’t think any player has got to where he is without a few special women.”
The Dragons will proudly be supporting the Joanne Mackay Breast Cancer Foundation as part of Women In League Round against the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Sunday.
The Foundation is in honour of the wife of former St George, Illawarra, St George Illawarra, NSW and Australian representative Brad Mackay who sadly lost his wife to breast cancer.
The Joanne Mackay Breast Cancer Foundation is a long-term Dragons charity that focuses on the fundamental and emotional needs of patients and their families during the treatment of breast cancer.
The Foundation will facilitate several activities in and around the venue on game day to raise donations including a bucket collection which take place around the venue as well as several stalls where official scarves and other paraphernalia will be available for purchase.
Additionally, representatives from the Foundation as well as Bria Mackay will help form an on-field guard of honour for the players when they take to the field prior to kick-off.
Furthermore, the team will proudly be wearing pink socks in recognition of the Foundation when they take to the field.
Additionally, the Dragons have launched a new “Flexi Pass” three game Red V Membership that will allow supporters to choose which of remaining home games they want to attend during the 2015 season, across all venues.