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St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan is keen to get amongst the action after commencing his preparation for the fixture against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on Monday.

The Australia international returned to the first-grade training squad after being afforded several days rest following his commitments with the NSW Blues State of Origin team last week.

Dugan, 25, expects a tough encounter against an inform Bulldogs outfit but has backed his teammates to be on their game to counter what comes their way come kick-off.

"It was good to get away for several days and the body is feeling very refreshed,” said Dugan.

“As much as I have enjoyed every moment of Origin as well as being around the boys it is important to get away and I took full advantage to do just that with the couple of days I had.

“I hadn’t had much of a break backing up from representing Australia as well so it felt good.

“Having said that, it was good to get out there and be amongst the boys on the field and we still have one more training session until out match against the Bulldogs on Monday.

“We’re all raring to go and know it will be a tough game as the Bulldogs have come into some form in recent weeks and playing good footy.

“They are traditionally a tough pack to overcome as well but like I said, we have one more session to go and we’ll be ready.

“The coach has told us to continue what we have started building from the past twelve weeks and we know we are continuing to improve, especially those one-percenters.”

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