Josh Dugan settles in at centre after Farrell injury

Josh Dugan says he is content to play wherever coach Paul McGregor needs him. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Josh Dugan says he is content to play wherever coach Paul McGregor needs him. Picture: GETTY IMAGES


Josh Dugan is facing the increasingly likely prospect that his move to centre could be a long-term one with St George Illawarra after Dylan Farrell was ruled out for the season with a pectoral injury.

Farrell only played six games since his move from South Sydney for the 2014 season after also sustaining the injury in round six against Melbourne.

Dugan's mid-season move by caretaker coach Paul McGregor from fullback to centre has proven to be a masterstroke.

The former Canberra custodian was a key figure in NSW's State of Origin series win in the position.

The change added balance and strike to a Dragons side previously lacking in attack, with Adam Quinlan making a fist of the fullback spot.

Dugan is certain to play out the rest of the year in the line and the 24-year-old concedes his days as a No. 1 might be over.

"Ever since 'Mary' [McGregor] spoke to me about the move to centre it is something I have enjoyed and I feel I am improving every week," Dugan said.

"It is a challenge and one I want to make the most of. If it does become a permanent move then so be it.

"I will probably be there for the rest of the season and then after that I will sit down with Mary and see what he wants to do moving forward and what is best for the team.

"It will be up to Mary where he wants me."

"I'm really trying to make it work. I feel I'm doing a decent job there and hopefully I will continue to get better."

Dugan said McGregor's tuition and that of fellow former Kangaroos centre Matt Cooper had greatly helped his transition to centre from fullback.

He also praisedQuinlan for making it possible.

"He is a tough player, he reminds me of Preston Campbell," Dugan said.

"He is a great support player ... he is great under the high ball - that is what you have seen from him."

After Sunday's win over the Wests Tigers kept them in the finals hunt, the Dragons face premiers Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

"It is a good test of where we are at. These are the type of games you want to play and want to win this time of year if you want to play in the semi-finals."



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