IT’S been reported Cronulla has thrown, or will throw, a big-money offer at Josh Dugan.
Channel Seven says the Sharks will table a monster deal worth around $ 1 million a season to lure the representative back away from St George Illawarra.
That’s the same money the club was prepared to spend on young utility Jack Bird, before losing him to Brisbane.
The report also says the Sharks are prepared to give Dugan the opportunity to play fullback, which is thought to be a sticking point in his current negotiations with the Dragons.
The spanner in the works will be young Val Holmes who also has his heart set on Cronulla’s No.1 jumper.
Dugan’s contract has been one of the hot topics in rugby league in recent months.
It’s believed the Dragons want Dugan to play centre next year and are only prepared to offer him money worthy of the position, despite the player and coach Paul McGregor continually stating Dugan is an NRL fullback.
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He’s also a NSW and Australian representative centre.
A fractured cheekbone suffered during last week’s Anzac Test could complicate the matter further.
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THE CLUB CRONK COULD STILL JOIN
Cooper Cronk is running out of Sydney clubs to join in 2018. He admitted as much on On The Couch With Sterlo on Tuesday night.
The champion halfback is moving to the harbour city and hasn’t ruled out playing on, but most clubs have already stitched up their halves.
There’s one team NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent believes Cronk would fit perfectly.
“Right now, given where the market’s at … Saints have settled their problem, Tigers have settled their problem, Canterbury have settled their problem … I would look at Penrith,” Kent said.
“Penrith are trying to offload players at the moment … they looked settled for next year but it looks like Te Maire Martin is going to leave the club.
“They don’t have a five-eighth. Nathan Cleary is going to be a very good player and he would flourish under a year or two under Cooper.
“The only other one maybe if they wanted to push is South Sydney.”
WHY HAYNE’S GOT CROKER COVERED
The NRL 360 panel agreed on Wednesday Jarryd Hayne has Jarrod Croker covered when it comes to a NSW centre spot.
Both players are thought to be in the mix for Laurie Daley’s team but show co-host Ben Ikin said as a Queenslander he would rather defend Croker than Hayne at centre.
NSW legend Ben Elias thinks Hayne has the X-factor that the Blues need.
“The last time they won a State of Origin series Jarryd Hayne was in the side,” Elias said.
“If it wasn’t for Jarryd Hayne in that series … there things that he did in those three games that were brilliant.
“If you look at the game highlights, there were games saved and he was the match saver.”
RLPA WANTS DRUG REHAB UNIT
The Rugby League Players’ Association reportedly wants the NRL to create a Rehabilitation Panel and Integrity Committee to deal with illicit substance abuse and use.
Fairfax Media reports the RLPA is pushing for the governing body to give greater support to players caught using drugs.
The revelation follows a horror week for the sport in which five members have been charged with drug offences.