The St George Illawarra Dragons confirmed on Friday that representative fullback Josh Dugan has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension that will see him remain at the Club until at least the end of 2017.
Dugan, 23, made his Club debut for the Dragons this season against the Parramatta Eels in round 10 and has made eight appearances, including scoring four tries, to date.
Additionally, the two-time NRL All-Star was selected as fullback for the NSW Blues for the second and third games of the State of Origin Series after just four games with the Dragons.
“The Club has really looked after me, made me feel very welcome and I am excited to be able to continue my football career with the Dragons,” said Dugan.
“The Dragons have recruited strongly for next season and it was something that I really wanted to be a part of here at the Club.”
Dragons Head Coach Steve Price was delighted the fullback has committed to the Club and praised him on his transition into the team thus far.
“Josh is a very talented player and I am pleased that he will continue being an important part of the team for at least the next four seasons,” said Price.
“His attitude and commitment to our Club since he arrived has been fantastic and his contributions to the team in games and at training has added great value to our squad.”
Dragons CEO Peter Doust is pleased by Dugan’s decision to remain at the Club and looks forward to Dugan's on-going commitment to the Club both on and off the field.
“Josh is an unique rugby league talent and his commitment to our Club has been extremely positive since he arrived mid-way through the year,” said Doust.
"Not only has Josh contributed positively on the field, he has shown a real desire to work in our Dragons Community programs and has commenced further education.
"Josh has been very happy since he arrived at our Club and indicated very early that he was keen to extend his stay.
"The length of the deal (four years) meant the contract negotiations were complex and took some time but we were able to finalise those this afternoon and the outcome is pleasing for both Josh and the Club.
"Josh has quickly become a fan favourite and all Red V Members and fans can be excited about this news and we can all look forward to his positive contributions to our Club continuing both on and off the field for at least the next four years."