Dugan to answer critics
NSW fullback Josh Dugan has declared he is ready to attack Queensland at every opportunity on Wednesday night and that he has overcome niggling injuries that threatened to derail his Origin debut.
“I’ve been playing pretty good footy since I’ve come back from injury and that’s obviously showed,” he said.
“I’ve got the chance, and I’ve just got to grab it with both hands and run with it.”
The Raiders youngster surprised many by beating Eels star Jarryd Hayne to the custodian role.
But he is confident that he will get the job done at Suncorp Stadium.
“That’s going to put pressure on me but at the same time, I’m the same sort of player that builds off that pressure,” he said.
“I’m going to try to play even better now and hold that spot.”
Dugan says NSW coach Ricky Stuart helped him throughout the start of the season and their chats had inspired him to keep performing.
“Every week he’d just ring me and see how I was doing, (see) whether I was ready for the game (ahead),” he said.
“Then he’d just give me that little one or two tips to take into the game.”