Broncos get set for Dugan’s return

BRISBANE headed south yesterday on "Dugan alert", fully expecting classy Dragons representative fullback Josh Dugan to be a late inclusion for their round four NRL clash at WIN Stadium tonight.

Dugan's comeback from a knee injury suffered in the pre-season Charity Shield against South Sydney had been pencilled in for round five.

But Broncos coach Anthony Griffin said yesterday he expected the talented 23-year-old to be part of the action and had prepared his tactics accordingly.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see him play, he's not far away," said Griffin when asked if he thought Dugan (pictured) may be a shock late addition to the Dragons side. "He's one of the best players in the game, he would certainly add something to their game.

"His running game at fullback is as good as there is. He was due back next week, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him play tomorrow night."

Brisbane has won its past six games against the Dragons who are one of two unbeaten teams this season.

Like Brisbane, which has started with two wins from three games, the Dragons were largely written off by punters, but not by Griffin.

"All their key people are playing well," the Broncos mentor said.

"Their two wingers, Brett Morris and Jason Nightingale, the people they bought like Gareth Widdop and Joel Thompson, and they've got a great young forward pack with Trent Merrin, who are all in good form and all playing well."