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Roosters target Dragons star

With the Roosters facing the prospect of missing out on major target James Tedesco, they could shift their pursuit to New South Wales star Josh Dugan.

With the stalemate between Josh Dugan and the St George Illawarra Dragons over a new contract for the New South Wales star continuing, there is a serious suggestion emerging that Nick Politis and the Sydney Roosters are prepared to swoop in and poach Dugan from the Red V and put him in the tricolour jersey on a big money, multi-year deal.

Reports surfacing suggest that Dugan is weighing up his options and remains interested in a switch to the Bondi club who face the prospect of missing out on their main target, Tigers fullback James Tedesco.

While Dugan won’t be happy being the second-choice option, should the Chooks lose out in their bid to secure Tedesco, there is a very real chance they could put an offer on the table significant enough to lure Dugan away from the Dragons as a superstar signing to offset a number of off-contract backline talent which could see the exit door sooner rather than later.

The Roosters currently have Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Blake Ferguson, Daniel Tupou and Michael Gordon off-contract in their backline as well as Paul Carter, Kane Evans, Aiden Guerra and Zane Tetevano in their forward pack meaning the traditional big-spenders will have plenty of cap space and a willingness to lure start talent to the club.

While the Dragons have an offer, believed to be a very competitive one, on the table for Dugan, the former Raider has yet to agree to the terms, with suggestions that Dugan wants fullback-type dollars while the Dragons want to use him, and pay him as a centre, a stalemate which could force him out of the club.

Tedesco and Dugan remain priority options for the Roosters, but they could also make moves for off-contract backline stars like Alex Johnston, Will Hopoate or Anthony Milford.


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