With as many as four to five clubs attempting to lure him away from Canberra, it is believed that the Raiders fullback will accept the Raiders offer of $1.3 million over 2 years, with the announcement set to take place before the Raiders Rd 1 clash with the Melbourne Storm.
There are still some small fineprint issues to work out, that relate to potentially increasing Dugan’s contract when the new TV rights deal comes around, but Raiders CEO Don Furner, is set to meet Dugan’s agent, to iron out those chinks.
“Things are progressing well and we’re hopeful of having a decision before the start of the season,” Furner said.
“I’ll be surprised if Josh doesn’t stay with us, but like any young player he wanted to test his value on the open market.
“But he’s told us he wants to stay, we certainly want him to stay and it all seems to be heading in the right direction.”
Furner admits that in order to keep Dugan at the club, they had to match the value that Dugan wanted, as well as the value that other clubs were willing to pay for him.
“It’s hard for us to attract big names here so it’s very important to try and keep our best juniors,” Furner said.
“It would be easy if you could just sit back and wait until players were 23 and then come in with a big offer and let another club do all the development work.
“But we’re not in a position to do that. Without a doubt, we have to match the market. We know we’re a target of other clubs in terms of our juniors.
“The pleasing thing for us is that, generally, our players want to stay. We’re hopeful of Josh being the latest.”