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14th Mar 2013 9:10am | By Editor
The Canberra Raiders have sacked prodigious fullback Josh Dugan for a series of discipline breaches in yet another blow to the NRL.
The club’s board voted unanimously to dump the State of Origin player and teammate Blake Ferguson were shown in a photograph drinking on a roof in Canberra on Tuesday.
Police were called to the house – Dugan was supposed to be in rehab.
"There was no other alternative but to set him loose," CEO Don Furner said of Dugan.
"It's very unfortunate that one of our local products with immense talent ended his career with us this way. It's an unfortunate day."
Ferguson was given a $10,000 fine, ordered to undergo counselling and stood down from playing indefinitely "until he has shown progress in a number of areas”.
Far from backing the Raiders call, Brisbane and Penrith have already expressed interest in Dugan, while other insiders have tipped he may make a move to the cashed-up French rugby union.
The Daily Telegraph reports other players had become fed up with Dugan and said they would reconsider renewing contracts if he stayed at the club.
"Furnsey (Raiders coach David Furner) has backed Dugan time and again, even to the point where other players expressed surprise,” the Tele quoted a source.
"This is the thanks he gets. The coach has spent another full day discussing and acting on Dugan and Ferguson.”
This is the latest saga for the NRL which has enjoyed a bumper start to the year on the field but off it one drama after another with the troubles of Ben Barba and the axing of Cronulla’s coaching and medical staff.
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