Like any club would, the constant questions and prods by opposition teams about your players can be somewhat irritating, and now, the Raiders fuse on their star fullback Josh Dugan has been well and truly blown.
With constant rumours linking Dugan with a move away from the Raiders, it has come to a point where the Raiders club are sick and tired of teams wanting to poach their young fullback.
Despite many rumours linking him elsewhere, Dugan’s manager, nor the Raiders club, have received offers from any team, regarding the contract situation of Dugan, to recruit him elsewhere.
With Dugan coming off contract with the Raiders at the end of 2012, and with many teams hot on his tail, the Raiders will have a battle on their hands, in order to retain him.
In light of all the rumours, Raiders boss John McIntyre has set the record straight.
“It annoys me because I thought we had an anti-tampering agreement in place,” McIntyre said.
“The Roosters keep denying they’re interested (in Dugan), yet the story never goes away.
“We will be sparing no resources to make sure he stays here.
“He’s a local product, he came through South Tuggeranong Knights, and we’d love to see him become a rare one-club player.”
Paul Sutton, Dugan’s manager, spoke with Raiders Chief Executive Don Furner on Friday, but one topic that was not discussed, was the future of Dugan with the club.
“We haven’t spoken about Duges for a few months now,” Sutton said.
“We started to talk about a deal a while back, but then we decided to let it run its natural course. There was no real reason for it. What I will say is that I haven’t spoken to the Roosters, or any club.”