The topic has brought about much conjecture and argument as to where he will go exactly, but for Raiders fullback Josh Dugan, the answer is obvious – he will be staying at the Raiders.

With only minor tweaking required before the club officially announces his new deal with the club, Dugan’s manager Paul Sutton, and the Raiders club, hope to have the deal sorted out before the season starts.

”I’ve pretty much stated I want to stay in Canberra, and they’ve put the right offer out there,” Dugan said yesterday.

”In the end, staying in Canberra with my family and all my mates is the best thing for me.

”I’m pretty happy about that, and it would have been a shame to leave.

”It’s my home, these are all my mates I grew up playing with, and I think we have a good basis of a team that can go all the way.”

With the club keen to get the deal finalised before the start of the season, the man himself is not too concerned if Round 1 comes around, and the deal is still not approved.

”I don’t think it’s too much of a distraction for me, it’s more everyone else reading about the hype about it, but all the boys know where I stand and that’s the main thing,” he said.

”There’s just some last little fine print issues and that sort of thing, and we’re just hoping to get it done pretty soon. When it’s ready, it’s ready.”

By ricky

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