Dragons' Josh Dugan hints at early return

DRAGONS

Injured Dragons fullback Josh Dugan has hinted at an early return for the round four clash against Brisbane in Wollongong.

On Monday Dugan shaved off his beard for the World’s Greatest Shave in Sydney, raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation. 

The flying fullback suffered a knee injury in the Charity Shield, but it hasn’t held the Dragons back, winning both their games to be atop the NRL ladder.

With Adam Quinlan shining in the fullback role in his absence, Dugan said he may return to the field at WIN Stadium on Friday week.

‘‘I’m hoping to be back for round five, maybe round four,’’ he said when quizzed by retired league great and Dragons ambassador Wendell Sailor at the shave.

‘‘I’m running this week, so hopefully everything goes well with that and (I’ll) go from there.’’

Dugan’s charity shave helped to shed his bad boy image after leaving Canberra to join the Dragons in controversial circumstances last year.

The NSW representative was ready to hit the ground running with his clean-cut look, in a bid to continue St George Illawarra’s impressive start to the season.

‘‘Definitely,’’ he said.

‘‘I feel 18 again, it’s something different, a bit of breeze on the face (post shave).

‘‘I always like doing things for the community and helping out charities, so straight away I said I’d do it.’’

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