When Duges plays WE WIN!!!
When Duges plays WE WIN!!!
The NRL just yesterday said the clubs should start working to a figure of 9.17mil which still be a conservative figure with the RLPA still to sign off on the EB.No way and how could they afford too......the NRL have set the 2018 cap at $8.8mil which is supposedly $1mil under clubs expectations!!!
Hey BrissyRedV that amount sounds about right as from what I read that amount of $9.17mil includes allowances of $300k for long term player loyalty, so in essence the clubs can only spend $8.84mil which is below what was expected.The NRL just yesterday said the clubs should start working to a figure of 9.17mil which still be a conservative figure with the RLPA still to sign off on the EB.
You are right. It will all come down to money and Millward's white board. According to the white board, Dugan is at right centre and Aitken has already been signed as a centre. If Dugan plays fullback then it is all down to the dollars.Mann might be the one to keep. Still could get him at non-inflated price, strong defender, try scorer and extremely versatile. Milne or Lafai couldn't play at fullback for example.
I just hope in the crazy merry-go-round, we keep the right squad.
Hey BrissyRedV that amount sounds about right as from what I read that amount of $9.17mil includes allowances of $300k for long term player loyalty, so in essence the clubs can only spend $8.84mil which is below what was expected.
At least Flo would be guaranteed of that $300k sweetener for loyalty as I don't think we have any other players that fit the criteria.
The situation with Dugan is he was payed overs 4 years ago believed to be 850k . Since then he has become a Origin and now Test player . He has also been easily our best and most consistent player over the last 3 years .
Now Millward in his wisdom has decided he is a club centre not a fullback ( absolute bullshit ) so he has asked a current Test player to take a pay cut which is a insult . No other club would insult there Test players like that . So I am guessing Dugan is feeling a touch insulted by the fact he has busted his arse in a club with average management , coaching staff and until this year a ordinary playing roster .
And now with the cap increase and the Dragons on the up he of all the players deserves to be treated with a touch more respect . I have no doubt no other club will pay him 1 mill . And I don't believe it will take that figure to keep him a Dragon . I believe a offer of around what he is on now or a touch more for maybe 4 years like Widdop would keep him . But to lose him for the sake of 100 or 150k is insane .
He may not be worth that to other clubs but he is to our club . Everything about Dugan typifies what is great about our club . And finally everybody at the club has been banging on about our " Power game " Well he suits that to a tee . He is the most powerful fullback in attack and defence playing .
As far as the Big Red V is concerned re a FB for 2018 and beyond it should now just be down to 2 it's either Dugan or Noone.
After all the debate it is plainly obvious that Noone can replace Dugan.
It will be shattering for the opposition when they make a break, look up and see Noone at home, so much scarier than seeing Duge's.
That will be the coach who is coaching us nowMary and Daley advocated Dugan as a centre. Mary played him at right centre for a few games before SOO and then Dugan was selected at right centre for SOO.
Millward is looking to place his juniors and fit players under the cap without losing key players. Field is the next junior back to be promoted and although Dufty was the anointed one for fullback, it seems he is now on the outer and Field is the one. However, Field is not robust enough for the position of first grade centre and won't be until maybe after the next off-season. So he is largely untested as first grade fullback.
Now that we have signed Widdop, there will be little opportunity for him to play at 6 and the only permanent positon for him would be fullback with Dugan moving to right centre.
So there we go. Considering we have Aitken at right centre, the funnel is crowded and so our 2018 coach will have to sort it all out.
I would assume Dugan has been also earning as a rep player, taking his wage to well over 900k, he may not get picked as much in future and therefore is trying to get it in his next club deal...i would be doing the same if i was him. But i agree with the above comments he typifies what we want in a player, SIGN HIM UP, GIVE WHAT HE WANTS.
Saintsified , Matey , as you say , let's sign the man by all means , however that piggy bank that I mentioned , will still require enough in it , to sign that big brute named Packer.
I would hate to see him in another teams colours , the Dragons need him , if they are going to continue to breath fire .