It is understood the Dragons are shopping Josh Dugan around to other NRL clubs after Dugan rejects initial tabled offer from the Dragons.
Dugan, 26, wants to have his long-term NRL future to be sorted out before he runs out in round one, which is just 2 weeks away.
It is believed the Dragons have tabled a offer to Dugan worth around $750,000 per season over 3-years and are unwilling to pay a dime more.
The multi-million dollar signing of Ben Hunt has complicated thing for both the Dragons and Josh Dugan, as both parties try to agree on a deal.
Dugan is believed to be demanding up to $1 million dollars per season. But, The Dragons are likely to shift him to the centres this season, with talented under 20’s star Matt Dufty expected to wear the No.1.
The Dragons are hesitate to be paying a centre that much money. Top level representive centres could be able to command around $500,000-a-year, half of what Dugan is asking.
Dugan could be tempted to test the open market if the Dragons are unwilling to pay close to what he is asking. There wouldn’t be any shortage of takers either for the 26-year-old, with the Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Eels and a Cashed up Newcatle Knight willing to pounce.
Dugan joined the Dragons mid-way through the 2013 season after the Raiders terminated his contract at the start of the season following a string of off-field incidents.
Dugan has since made 67 appearances for the Big Red V, scoring 25 tries for the club and has become one of their most attacking player on their list.